German paramedics who saved American baby’s life honored by US Army
By MARCUS KLOECKNER AND JENNIFER H. SVAN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 18, 2019
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Two German paramedics have been presented with awards by the Army for saving the life of a servicemember’s baby at Baumholder, the Army and the rescuers said.
Daniela Therre-Ost and Andre Jank received Certificates of Appreciation last week from Col. Jason Edwards, U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz commander.
Edwards said the paramedics were heroes and the certificates were a small token of appreciation for their quick actions.
The rescue workers had rushed to Baumholder on a Saturday afternoon in late August after getting a call about an unconscious baby at the base, Therre-Ost said.
“Calls to an emergency at the base in Baumholder are not unusual, but this was different,” Therre-Ost said. “An emergency involving a baby doesn’t happen often, and it’s not something you really want to see.”
The baby is the child of a U.S. soldier assigned to Baumholder and his wife.
When the paramedics arrived, they realized “this was a real emergency” and called a helicopter ambulance to come to the base, Therre-Ost said.
The two paramedics were able to revive the baby before an airlift to a hospital in Trier, she said.
Earlier this month, Edwards recognized Kemisha Miller, a caregiver at the Wetzel Child Development Center on Baumholder, for saving the life of another child.
Miller was credited for performing emergency lifesaving procedures on a one-year-old in the center’s care who was choking on a peach.
Edwards presented Miller with an “On the Spot” cash award of $500 and a coin.
U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Commander Col. Jason T. Edwards presents Kemisha Miller, Wetzel Child Development Center caregiver, a $500 on-the-spot award and coin Aug. 6, 2019. Miller used emergency lifesaving procedures to save the life of a choking infant at the Wetzel Child Development Center.