3 Belle Fourche police officers recognized with lifesaver awards

Mayor Gloria Landphere, left, and Chief Marlyn Pomrenke, right, recognized Belle Fourche Police Officers Asher Pikula, William DuBry, and Ryan Cherveny, for their lifesaving efforts during a recent medical emergency in which the officers’ prompt actions saved a community member’s life. Pioneer photo by Lacey Peterson

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BELLE FOURCHE — Three members of the Belle Fourche Police Department were honored Monday, acknowledging recent lifesaving efforts they bring the Belle Fourche community everyday.

Chief Marlyn Pomrenke and Mayor Gloria Landphere presented the awards and congratulations to Lt. Ryan Cherveny and Officers William DuBry and Asher Pikula during the city council meeting.

“These officers have earned this award for an act performed in the line of duty which through their prompt actions resulted in saving a life,” Pomrenke said. “The distinctive actions of these officers reflect great credit on themselves, the community, and the Belle Fourche Police Department.”

The awards stemmed from a recent event in which a community member was in medical emergency situation and the police officers were on the scene before ambulance crews.

“This is the second time this year that we’ve had a lifesaving award where the person ... they were gone. The AED (automated external defibrillator used for people having sudden cardiac arrest) said to not shock,” Pomrenke said, referring to the automated machine’s sensors analyzing the person’s heart rhythm and sensing the person was likely beyond help.

“The person did call the ambulance crew to say they were doing really well after they got out of the hospital,” he added. “I’m just proud that they were able to do this.”

More details about the specifics of the person helped by the officers were not available due to privacy concerns.

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