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RPD Fall Award Ceremony

Rochester Police Department holds ceremony to honor citizens and officers.

Posted: Nov 29, 2017 7:09 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - When the police department calls, "good news" wasn't the first thing that came to Michael Zarling's mind. 

But, "it was kind of a neat phone call to get," Zarling told us. 

He found out he was receiving a life-saving award from the Rochester Police Department. 

He received the award for helping save a woman's life in August of 2017. 

Zarling was picking up a paycheck when he was called to help a woman losing consciousness. 

Zarling immediately started performing CPR until first responders arrived. 

He said this award is special to him, but saving the woman's life was a team effort. 

"It took the front end manager to recognize the problem...and get help. And the officer that was up there with me, you know, assisting when he got there, fire department, and the paramedics and the hospital. I mean all of us worked together to save the life," he said. 

His advice to people in the community?

"If you see a situation like that, even if you're afraid or you don't know what to do, jump in and help... that person and their family members will be happy that you did," Zarling said. 

Here is a full list of award recipients:

Citizen/Officer Life-Saving Award - Officer James Perry, Officer Shannon McCafferty, Citizen Julie Trygstad, Officer Doug Remling, Officer Richard Dahly, Citizen Mitchell Nelson, Citizen Alissa Nelson, Officer John Compton, Citizen Michael Zarling
Citizen Award of Valor Anthony Michael Wolfgang Street
Department Commendation Award Sergeant Jon Turk, Officer James Marsolek
Citizen Certification of Appreciation The Rochester Athletic Club and its members 
Department Life Saving Award Officer Tim Hagen, Officer Brian Rousell, Officer Steve Osborne, Officer James Ratelle, Officer Aron Lodermeier, Officer Collin Winters
Department Letter of Recognition Officer Richard Dahly 
PAL Officer of the Year  Officer Steve Beery

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