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Officers and EMS thanked for saving man’s life

Posted by wlpo on August 16, 2010

A fast and skillful response on the part of two Peru Police Officers and four Peru Volunteer Ambulance EMS is being credited for saving the life of a man whose heart had stopped beating.

62 year old Jerry Bima of Oglesby and his wife Georgia were driving on Route 6 in Peru Friday, June 25 when Jerry stopped breathing and his heart stopped beating.

A person called the police thinking he was a drunk driver, but when Officer Mark Credi found Bima stopped near the Route 251 overpass it was clear it was a medical emergency.

Credi and Officer Jeremiah Brown pulled Bima from the car began CPR and using a defibrillator to revive Bima.

Soon two ambulances arrived and EMS gave Bima an IV before taking him to Illinois Valley Community Hospital.  From there he was flown to Peoria.

Bima, his wife, children, and grandchildren watched Monday night as the officers and ambulance personnel Justin Jackson, Dawn Olson, Ashley Tondi and Jeanie Mekley received commendation from Mayor Scott Harl.

Bima’s son David told the council he is forever grateful they were able to give him his father back.

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