UW-L students and employees recognize for life-saving efforts

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Five people at one area university were recognized Wednesday for their life-saving actions.

Two UW-La Crosse students, a faculty member and two university police officers were given the Extraordinary Personal Action Award from the Wisconsin Safety Council.

On September 20 of last year assistant lecturer Michelle Pinzl said she gave lecturer David Phipps CPR after he had collapsed at UW-L’s Centennial Hall.

Then, university police officer David Pehl used an AED before paramedics arrived.

On January 26, freshmen Eric Schepp and Pete Velikanov said they gave CPR after a former student had collapsed in Eagle Hall.

University police officer Leandra Batien, who wasn’t at the ceremony, used an AED before paramedics came.

“I don’t think really I’m a hero. I think anyone else that would be in my foot steps would do the same thing. So I just did what any old friend would do,” said Peter Velikanov.

“I wasn’t expecting any of this at all to be honest, but I’m very thankful for it, and just happy to help a friend out,” said Eric Schepp.

UW-L bought its first AEDs in 2001.

Since then, they’ve been used four times, but everyone who has needed them has survived.

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