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Published December 02 2012

Forum editorial: Lifesavers receive the roses

Prairie roses: To Ross Balstad, Ryan Narlock and Amber Bach-Gorman, as well as Nicole Christensen, Cindy Troftgruben and Lara Lunde, who received Lifesaving Awards for taking quick, decisive actions in medical emergencies. Balstad saw Jeffre Dahl, 54, slip off a treadmill in a fitness center on Oct. 9 and suspected a possible heart attack. He notified a staff member, Narlock, at the Schlossman YMCA in Fargo, while Bach-Gorman, who also was near Dahl when he collapsed, went to his aid. They employed a nearby defibrillator to revive Dahl, who is recovering from a heart attack. The trio of Christensen, Troftgruben and Lunde helped save Roxanne Burnside, who collapsed during the Holiday Lights Parade on Nov. 20 in Fargo. They used CPR while a police officer, Shawn Gamradt, ran to retrieve a portable defibrillator. Thanks to the swift actions of those honored, heart attacks that could have been fatal were not.

Prairie roses: To Shannon Gilpin, a Bismarck native, who is a nominee for the 2012 National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year,” for her work serving as a voice for women’s rights in Afghanistan, a role that has put her own life on the line. Galpin, 38, rides a mountain bike through Afghanistan to get around. A 1992 graduate of Bismarck High School, she told a reporter she chose Afghanistan because, “It’s the worst place in the world to be a woman.” She has made a dozen trips to the war-torn country, where she has worked to train women to be midwives to address high rates of infant mortality. Regardless of whether she wins the “Adventurer” award, she is due recognition for her selfless, and courageous, good work.


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