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IBEW Local 15 Dresden Employees Credited with Using AED to Save a Life 

Quick-thinking Dresden Station employees are credited with saving the life of a co-worker after using an automated external defibrillator (AED) on an individual who collapsed in the station’s Electrical Maintenance department Nov. 1 during the site’s refueling outage.  

The supplemental worker sustained a head injury during the event. Employees jumped into action to stop the bleeding and used CPR until the AED could be retrieved.  “The AED was used and brought the worker back to life after no pulse was detected,” said Dresden Safety Advisor Brian Paisker. “Workers did not hesitate to provide life-saving measures. They jumped into action and used their training in first aid, CPR and AED to save this worker’s life.” Site Nurse Madelyn Rogge provided care until the Coal City Fire Department responded, transporting the worker to Morris Hospital. 

  Thank you to these IBEW Local 15 Members for their heroic act and quick response: (Pictured below Left to Right)  Jose Perez - LaSalle Station, Arnell Lewis - Dresden Station, Paul Czech - LaSalle Station, Rob Miller - Dresden Station, Josh Koplinski - Dresden Station and Kellie Klingaman - Quad Cities.                                                                                                                                In 2021, Dresden employees also used the site’s AEDs to assist an employee experiencing a personal medical emergency. Success stories in cases like this are rare, said Coal City fire officials in 2021, who then applauded the Dresden team’s quick actions for a “great save” and recognized them with a formal ceremony and certificates. “It’s timing,” Coal City Deputy Chief Karl Wexelberg said after the first save. “Right time. Right place. Right people.” 

Coal City Fire Department officials recognized Dresden workers following completion of their refueling outage. 



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