Minneapolis Fire Department Hands Out Annual Awards

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis Fire Department recognized two men for helping save another man’s life.

Among the achievements marked at the department’s annual awards ceremony were a number of community service awards.

In March, Johnathon Michael Harris and Romericus Sims jumped in quickly to administer CPR on a man suffering from a heart attack.

Firefighters say the man survived in large part because of the actions from Harris and Sims.

“Unfortunately when I was 11 years old, my mother passed away and she had a heart attack just like he did. He was foaming at the mouth and that resonates with me with what happened to her,” Harris said.

Harris says he practices CPR and knew what to do the moment he saw what was happening. Romericus says his training in the military helped him know what to do and jump into action.

Both men won the fire department’s “Meritorious Service Award.”


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