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Life-savers in La Crosse region being given awards for helping cardiac patients

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Because of the pandemic, there haven’t been many banquets in the last two years to honor area residents for their good deeds.

One group that recognizes medical life-savers is making up for that, by having a number of smaller ceremonies.

Tuesday, a few Gundersen Health System employees in La Crosse — including paramedics and ambulance workers — were given awards with a small lunch in their honor, for helping people who have had cardiac arrest.

The 7 Rivers CAPE organization recognized six people this week with certificates and Kwik Trip gift cards. A group of firefighters will receive honors next week.

Tom Carpenter, a paramedic involved with the CAPE group, says about 300 people in the area will get honors during ceremonies in the coming months.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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