Area residents, Ridgeview recognized for life-saving efforts in Watertown

On Jan. 9, Craig Anderstrom, of Watertown; Christina Clark, of Dassel; and Sarah Maus, of Watertown; began life-saving measures on Phil Hanson, of Waconia. Hanson collapsed while officiating a middle school basketball game in the Watertown-Mayer Middle School gym. Anderstrom dialed 9-1-1 as he rushed to Hanson’s side. Clark left her post as the statistician of the eighth grade game and Maus handed off her five-month-old child in order to render aid to Hanson, who was in cardiac arrest.

Anderstrom, Clark and Maus quickly jumped into action and worked as a team to provide CPR and deliver electric shocks to Hanson’s heart using the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) stored near the gym. When Ridgeview Ambulance paramedics Aaron Hoover and Jeff Hasse arrived just minutes later, Hanson was breathing again as a result of the care provided by his three rescuers.

Anderstrom, Clark and Maus were awarded the Citizen Lifesaving Award at the Watertown City Council meeting April 10. They had an opportunity to meet with Hanson during the ceremony and express how great it was to see him doing so well.

Pictured from left to right, (front row) - Sarah Maus, Watertown; Ned Schroeder, Watertown Fire Department; Phil Hanson, Waconia;Christina Clark, Dassel; Craig Anderstrom, Watertown; (back row) - Aaron Hoover, Ridgeview Paramedic; Thomas Hanson, Watertown Fire Department; and Ryan Schroeder, fire chief, Watertown Fire Department. Not pictured is Jeff Hasse, Ridgeview Ambulance.