Although she didn’t know the details yet, a man had thrown the 5-year-old over the third floor railing.“I flew down those stairs,” she recalls. She was the first person to get to the boy.
Linda says she acted on instinct: “I did what I would hope anyone would do. I knew I could try to help.”
Linda has been with the Fairview system since 1984. Although she routinely receives Basic Life Support training and is always prepared, this was the first time in her career she had to use it, acting as a first responder.
“You can never be prepared for a situation like that,” reflecting on the shock she felt that day. “My daughter comforted me afterwards by telling me I did what I could with my two hands.”
Linda is being awarded a Commendation Medal by the Bloomington Police Department at a ceremony recognizing employees and community members for heroic actions.