Thursday, October 16, 2014

Idaho State Police to Present Heroism Awards to Two Troopers

Teresa Baker
Public Information Officer
700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 884-7122
Fax (208) 884-7087

For Immediate Release: 10/16/14 at 10:06 a.m.

MERIDIAN - The Idaho State Police will award its Life Saving Award to two of its troopers, Master Corporal Denise Gibbs and Trooper Tyler Scheierman for the heroism they displayed on August 6, 2014. The presentations will be made by Colonel Ralph Powell on Friday, October 17th during two ceremonies. The first ceremony will take place at ISP's District 5 office in Pocatello for Tpr. Scheierman at 1:00 pm and the second ceremony for MCpl. Gibbs will begin at 4:00 pm at ISP's District 4 office in Jerome.

The two trooper's heroic acts began on August 6, 2014, at approximately 9:18 am. MCpl. Gibbs was on patrol in Cassia County when she heard a county dispatcher send an ambulance to assist an Idaho State Police trooper with a medical emergency on I-86 at approximately milepost 15. MCpl. Gibbs realized that she was closer to the incident than the ambulance and arrived at the scene at 9:26 am. When she arrived she saw Tpr. Tyler Scheierman administering CPR to a young male adult, later identified as Daniil Demciuc. Demciuc was not breathing and was otherwise unresponsive. MCpl. Gibbs retrieved her automated external defibrillator (AED) from her patrol car and assisted Trooper Scheierman.

Tpr. Scheierman briefly stopped CPR to allow MCpl. Gibbs to attach the AED to Demciuc. MCpl. Gibbs administered a shock from the AED and Tpr. Scheierman continued CPR again for approximately four minutes, at which time a second shock was needed. MCpl. Gibbs administered a second shock and Stan Tharp, an EMT who stopped to assist, then resumed CPR. At approximately 9:32 am, Demciuc finally began to breathe on his own. Emergency medical services arrived at about 9:41 am and transported Demciuc to the Coldwater Hill Rest Area where he was then taken by Life Flight to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.

Dr. Daniel Dallon, Demciuc's treating physician, stated that Demciuc's life was saved because of the actions of MCpl. Gibbs and Tpr. Scheierman.

The Idaho State Police Life Saving Award is awarded to an ISP employee who saves the life of another person, whether on or off duty. It represents the highest ideals of an Idaho State Police Trooper.

     Master Corporal Denise Gibbs
Trooper Tyler Scheierman