2020 Hermes Life Saving Award


On December 22, 2020, at approximately 12:30 am, Officer Anastacia Hermes overheard an emergency dispatch for a medical involving a female that was not breathing. All Moorhead Officers were tied up on other calls for service with nobody specific for dispatch to assign. Shortly after Sgt. Kostohryz advised that he would respond to the medical emergency, he was advised that Officer Hermes and Bischoff were also clearing and would be in route to assist. Both officers arrived on scene prior to Sgt. Kostohryz.

Officer Hermes located the unresponsive female victim in the main entryway of the residence. As Officer Bischoff assumed performing chest compressions, Officer Hermes attached an AED to monitor the heart activity. The AED device advised “no shock” based on the assessment. Officer Hermes assumed the role of providing chest compressions until additional EMS responders arrived. A pulse was restored on scene and the victim was reported to be communicating the following day.

Rapid response and effective medical intervention is measured in minutes to prevent brain damage or death. The patient is alive today directly because of the immediate and emergent response provided by Officer Hermes and other first responders.