City, Packers recognize two lifesavers in PWPD ranks

Erickson honored for helping choking man, Becker for fire rescue
By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

The Port Washington Police and Fire Commission on Monday recognized two police officers for saving lives.

Officer Chris Erickson was recognized for saving a man who was choking on Sunday, May 1.

Police Chief Kevin Hingiss said police received a call for a man choking in a home on North Wisconsin Street about 7 p.m.

Erickson responded and found the 45-year-old man unconscious. He put the man on the floor and did the Heimlich maneuver several times, dislodging whatever was stuck in his throat.

Erickson stayed with the man until the ambulance arrived, Hingiss said. The man was taken to the hospital for treatment, and when Lt. Jerry Nye checked on him a couple days later, the man said he was doing fine.

Erickson’s quick actions saved the man’s life, Hingiss said.

These sorts of incidents “don’t happen often,” he said. “It’s amazing he was able to get there quickly and dislodge whatever it was quickly.”

“I’m glad it worked,” Erickson told the commission, adding it was the first time in his 23 years that he’s had that type of call.

His response, he said, “was kind of instant. I didn’t think about it.”

The commission also recognized Officer Tony Becker, who last fall noticed a fire starting on the deck of a condominium on North Wisconsin Street, called for help and then went to the home, where he headed into the smoky unit and pulled homeowner John LaCount out, saving his life.

Becker was recently selected to receive the Green Bay Packers Protect and Serve Award, Hingiss told the commission.

Becker will receive a $2,000 award from the NFL Foundation to benefit the police department or a nonprofit organization of his choice, Hingiss said.

Hingiss said he, Becker and a guest will go to Lambeau Field for the award ceremony on May 25.

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