Saratoga County Sheriff honors life-savers

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Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo (Will Waldron/Times Union)

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo (Will Waldron/Times Union)

Will Waldron/Albany Times Union

BALLSTON SPA — Three members of the Saratoga County sheriff's communications unit were honored by Sheriff Michael Zurlo for their effort to help save the life of a dispatcher who was suffering a heart attack.

Sgt. Kurt Haas, desk Officer Thomas Lundquist and Director Steven Gordon were granted the award for their teamwork in saving the person's life on Sept. 17. They administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation until a paramedic from Community EMS took over.

In addition, six members of the division were awarded certificates of merit for their efforts during the medical emergency which occurred within the 911 center. The awardees are: Sgts. Leah Kane and Timothy Johnston, and officers George Downs, Niklas Kaplan, Joshua Otten and William Cody Marshall.

"The calmness demonstrated by these members during this event is amazing," Zurlo said. "To have an event as tragic as this have happen in a working high volume 911 center is a testament to their professionalism and dedication.”