Today’s Hero: Off-Duty MPD Officer Michael Rhode

The May 21 city council meeting is my favorite each year, as we get a chance to recognized members of the South Milwaukee Police and Fire Departments and citizens for their heroic acts. I will feature one story each day on my blog. Please thank these everyday heroes!

“At approximately 10:41 am on Saturday, March 9, 2019, off-duty Milwaukee Police Officer Michael Rohde was working out at the South Milwaukee Planet Fitness. Suddenly, he noticed an adult male who had been working out on a nearby treadmill collapse to the ground.  Officer Rohde jumped into action and, along with several other bystanders, administered CPR, applied an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) that administered one shock, and stayed with the patient until EMS arrived.  Upon the arrival of SMFD personnel, the patient was still unresponsive, but had regained his pulse and, after a thorough evaluation of his condition, was transported to St. Luke’s Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment. Officer Rohde’s actions that day undoubtedly helped save the man’s life and demonstrates his commitment to helping his fellow man.”

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