Citizens Recognized for Saving Allyn Man

Three Allyn residents were recognized Tuesday for their actions in April that saved the life of a neighbor.

On April 26th, Roger and Sunni Ward were walking on Soderberg Road in Lakeland Village about 8:30 PM and saw Robert Topness fall backwards and hit his head. They rushed to his aid and called 9-1-1. A third person, Miranda Thygesen, was driving by and stopped to help as well. The three determined Topness was not breathing and didn’t have a pulse so they began CPR as Central Mason Fire & EMS was en route.

Central Mason’s Medic 51 from Allyn arrived on scene and took over patient care. Paramedic Travis Larrabee and Lieutenant Dan Eldridge provided Advanced Life Support (ALS) and several cardiac shocks were delivered to the patient’s heart. Paramedics took the patient to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton and he has since been released.

Paramedic Larrabee credits the three for saving Mr. Topness’ life.

Topness and the heroes were reunited Tuesday as Central Mason Fire officials recognized Roger, Sunni and Miranda for their quick actions.

R-L: Roger & Sunni Ward, Robert Topness & Miranda Thygesen

As this incident demonstrates, CPR saves lives. Central Mason Fire & EMS offers public CPR classes at the downtown Shelton station, 122 W Franklin Street. The classes are held every other month (on even months) on the third Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Contact the fire department for more information.

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