Going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
F-M Ambulance Honors NDSU Police Officer
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 15:10
On Sept. 25, 2012, freshman student Adrianna Norberg was attending a swing dance event at the Avalon Events Center with some friends. What happened that night would change her life forever.
NDSU Officer Chris Potter was on his first week with the campus police when he and his partner responded to an emergency call on their scanner.
While conducting a routine traffic stop, the two policemen heard that a young lady was having a seizure at the Avalon.
“We decided to check it out to see if we could help,” Potter said. “When we arrived on the scene, it was communicated to us that [Adrianna] was not breathing, which changed things for us. We knew it was not a seizure, so we began CPR.”
Officer Potter continued chest compressions until paramedics arrived on the scene, taking over.
“In my over 20 years of service, I can count on one hand the number of times that I’ve had to do CPR,” he said. “This has been my only save.”
The F-M Ambulance honors community members who react in situations where life-saving interventions are needed. On Oct. 16, Operations Director Don Miller presented the Medal of Merit to NDSU Police Officer Chris Potter for “action above and beyond the call of duty.”
Officer Potter, paramedics and Adrianna’s parents were on hand for the celebration. Adrianna herself was not able to attend for health reasons.
Adrianna’s parents, Brian and Mary Norberg were quick to express the need for each and every person to learn CPR.
Her father, Brian Norberg, is a deputy for the Clay County Sheriff’s Department.
“I can say for certain that I’ve only saved six or seven people,” Norberg said of the 30 years he has served. “The reason for it is that so many folks do not take the time to learn CPR, and those first few minutes are critical. Had Officer Potter not responded with action when he did, my little girl would not be alive today.”
Mary Norberg talked in depth about her desire to see CPR become a required class at NDSU.
“The first day they walk into campus, they need to take this class,” she said.
Adrianna has had three heart surgeries, and while there are still questions about how her recovery will look, her team of doctors is optimistic, Brian Norberg said.
“My daughter will be able to live a long, full and happy life,” said Brian Norberg. “We have Officer Potter, Roger [the paramedic] and all those who kept her in their thoughts, to thank.”