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Worthington officers presented lifesaving awards

WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington Police Department detective and officer were presented lifesaving awards Monday night for their actions to save the life of a man who collapsed June 17 in a city parking lot..

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Worthington Police Detective Brandon Peil (second from right) and Officer Tyler Olson (right) were presented with lifesaving awards during Monday night's Worthington City Council meeting. The two were credited with saving the life of Randall Childers (center) on June 17. Also shown are Randall's wife, Mary Ann, and Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington Police Department detective and officer were presented lifesaving awards Monday night for their actions to save the life of a man who collapsed June 17 in a city parking lot..

Detective Brandon Peil arrived on the scene in the KFC parking lot less than a minute after dispatch received a 911 call of a male who was on the ground. Peil began performing CPR on the victim, identified as Randall Childers of Fairmont, and when Officer Tyler Olson arrived a short time later, he assisted with CPR.

When medical staff arrived and confirmed Childers did not have a pulse, Olson and Peil continued CPR until a defibrillator shock could be administered. When Childers’ heart restarted, he was transported by ambulance to the emergency room at Sanford Worthington Medical Center, and later airlifted to Sioux Falls, S.D.

Childers and his wife, Mary Ann, were on hand Monday night to present the two law enforcement officers with lifesaving awards and pins, and to personally thank them for their efforts.

Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel said the entire incident “is a testament to the professionalism of our local dispatch, police officers, ambulance service and medical staff. Without the quick, efficient response and treatment, a life would have been lost.

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“The actions of officers Peil and Olson were lifesaving, heroic and outstanding contributions to public safety in the city of Worthington,” Appel added.

In other action, the council:

  • Approved on a 4-1 vote the formation of a new committee to determine the best future land usage of the former Prairie View Golf Links. The action comes less than two weeks after the city council discussed an offer from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to purchase approximately two-thirds of the land.

Mayor Mike Kuhle said he thought it was prudent to put together a small committee and recommended council members Diane Graber and Mike Harmon, as well as former city council members Roger Nelson and Mike Woll and at-large member Marlo Mammen, to serve on the committee. Graber, Harmon and Nelson all served on the original committee of eight that recommended the city close Prairie View Golf Links. Kuhle said he chose Mammen because of his experience in development.
The council accepted the original committee’s recommendation last November to close Prairie View, and Kuhle pointed to language in the minutes noting “the city put together a committee to include several city council persons to determine the best future land usage with emphasis on water quality.”

That will be the role of the new committee, he said.

“I’d like to put that committee together to look at possible uses, evaluate possible uses and then, at some point, come back and present their findings to the full city council,” said Kuhle. The committee has a deadline of Oct. 10 to make its recommendations.

After the motion was made to establish the committee with the members Kuhle identified, Councilman Rod Sankey said, “I don’t see what this committee is going to help (with). We’re stacked with 75 percent of the original committee. I don’t see that anything new is going to come of it. I will be voting against this motion.”

In other business, the council:

  • Recognized the U15 soccer team from Worthington that won the state championship on Sunday. Team members introduced themselves to the council and received congratulations and applause.

  • Recognized Clyde Hoffman for serving as honorary council member. Hoffman said it was an educational experience and he appreciated having the opportunity. He was presented a certificate for his service.

Kuhle said the city is still seeking someone to fill the role. Anyone interested is asked to contact Worthington City Hall.

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  • Approved a temporary on-sale liquor license for King Turkey Day Inc. to host a fundraising comedy event Aug. 19 at Memorial Auditorium; and an on-sale beer license for the Nobles County Fair Association to have a beer garden during the Nobles County Fair Aug. 9-14; and for other events in August and September.

  • Approved vacating a portion of a utility easement at 811 Clement St. for the property owner to construct an addition on the west side of an existing home.

Learned that Mary Luke has been hired as the new director of the Center for Active Living.

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Mary Ann Childers attaches a lifesaving pin to Worthington Police Detective Brandon Peil's uniform during Monday night's Worthington City Council meeting. Looking on is Police Chief Troy Appel, while in the background, Randall Childers presents a lifesaving award to Officer Tyler Olson. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe)

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Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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