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.