City honors officer for life-saving rescue effort
An officer who saved a woman's life last fall was honored at the Price City Council last Wednesday night for his efforts.
Price Police Officer Ed Malmgren was awarded the Medal of Meritorious Service for his lifesaving actions on the night of Nov. 27, 2011. On that night Malmgren responded to a residence in north Price. The call indicated woman had overdosed on a narcotic and needed medical assistance.
Malmgren was directed to an upstairs bathroom by another occupant of the home. There he located a 19-year-old female lying on her back, her face and lips purple, and her eyes fixed open.
The woman was unresponsive to any of Malmgren's commands and breathing could not be detected. He recognized the woman's airway was restricted so he repositioned her trying to make it easier to breath. He did all he could to remove foam from her mouth and throat area trying to get the airway open.
Malmgren gave the dispatcher detailed information about what he was doing. He advised the responding medical personnel of the situation and kept them apprised of the victim's condition. As he continued to help the victim clear her airway and perform other life saving techniques, she began to breathe on her own.
Medical staff at Castleview Hospital advised that due to the nature of the narcotic she had ingested and having no tolerance to the drug, her body reacted in such a way that her breathing was drastically diminished.
Without the assistance she received from Officer Malmgren, she could have easily died.
The council was moved by the presentation and all congratulated him on a job well done.