'A thank you to life-savers'

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The family of Dale Meyer/Beckman (81) of Beloit would like to thank many people for saving Dale's life. The many who helped were granddaughter Angel (14), Roman Michael Eichhorn and Roman Darsa Kelleh of Anoka, MN, the Barnes, Gordon and Northland Area Fire departments and the staff of Duluth St. Mary's hospital and of Cedar Crest in Janesville. And, a big thank you for all the support from family and friends.

On July 7th while Dale was swimming with Angel and several other people at his favorite swim hole near his cabin, on the Eau Clair River between Middle and Lower Eau Claire Lakes. Even though he suffers from Parkinson's, he was able to swim quit well. Nevertheless, he slipped under the water. Angel attempted twice to hold his head up, but was unable.

Eichhorn and Kelleh saw Angel's struggles and swam to the rescue. After finding Dale several yards downstream, they pulled him to shore where he was unresponsive with no breathing or pulse. They started CPR immediately; one doing compression and the other mouth to mouth. They said that they worked really hard to get and keep Dale's heart beating and breathing until help arrived, Dale's wife Cathy didn't know who called 911, but within 10 minutes three different fire departments were on scene.

Dale was flown by helicopter to Duluth St. Mary's hospital, where he remained unconscious for three days and after eight days he was able to breathe on his own. On July 27th, Cathy transported him down to Cedar Crest in Janesville. After intensive rehab, she was able to take him home August 23rd. His memory is sketchy, but he is able to do almost everything he'd been doing prior to this life event.

However, all of his doctors gave him one very clear order. "No more swimming!"

Linda L. Borgwardt

Janesville

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