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Officers awarded for saving lives

June 5, 2024

Three Perrysburg police officers and a good Samaritan have been recognized for their efforts that saved the lives of two citizens. They were honored with Life-Saving Awards during the city council meeting on Tuesday, June 4.  

Deputy Police Chief Chris Sargent presented the awards after sharing their stories.  

“Members of the Perrysburg Police Division are often faced with serious, life and death situations,” said Sargent. “They never know what that next radio call will be, and what will be required of them. Sometimes, these urgent calls are the result of nefarious activity; other times it is due to unforeseen medical emergencies.”  

On Sunday, April 7, Officers Kandi Parsell and Eric Zakrzewski responded to a call of a person who suffered an asthma attack, was unresponsive, and not breathing. As soon as they arrived, they began administering CPR. The Perrysburg Fire Division arrived within a few minutes, and due to Officers Parsell and Zakrzewski taking turns providing CPR, the Fire Division was able to prepare their equipment and subsequently take over. Due to the efforts of both Divisions, the patient regained a pulse while enroute to the hospital and continued to improve after being admitted.       

“Their quick response, recognition of the severity of the situation, and immediate actions are a testament to their training, and to their dedication for those living in and visiting our city,” said Sargent.   

In a similar situation on Tuesday, April 16, both police and fire divisions were dispatched to the Maple Street boat launch for a report of an unconscious person who was not breathing. Officer Troy Mugler immediately responded to the scene and began CPR. Bowling Green resident Mr. Jeremy Culp was also there and helped Officer Mugler with CPR until paramedics arrived. Before departing for the hospital, the patient regained a pulse and was breathing on his own.   

“All of their actions qualify them for our Life Savings Award and bestow upon them the Division’s and the City’s appreciation, said Sargent.    

Police Chief Patrick Jones presented all three officers with their awards. Mr. Culp was out of town and could not be there to accept his award, but Sargent publicly thanked him for his quick response and efforts.   

Pictured L-R: Police Chief Patrick Jones, Officers Kandi Parsell, Eric Zakrzewski, Troy Mugler, and Deputy Police Chief Chris Sargent.
Five police officers in uniform. Three of them are holding certificates