Purdue police lieutenant honored with Lifesaving Award

April 2, 2015  

Lesley Wiete award

Purdue police Lt. Lesley Wiete receives a framed certificate from university police chief John Cox during a ceremony Thursday (April 2) to honor her for helping save the life of a heart attack victim on campus. Wiete’s husband Stason and daughter Emma shared in the moment. (Purdue University photo/John Underwood)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University Police Lt. Lesley Wiete on Thursday (April 2) received a Lifesaving Award for her efforts in helping save the life of a heart attack victim in the Agricultural Administration Building in late February.

Purdue dispatch received a call on Feb. 24 of an unresponsive person in the building. Two College of Agriculture staff members who had training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation were performing CPR with assistance from a third person. A fourth quickly dialed 911.

Wiete was the first responder on the scene and took over the CPR activity at that point until West Lafayette Fire Department EMTs and Purdue paramedics arrived.

"Because of the quick thinking and the calm and poise shown by these agriculture staff members and Lt. Wiete, this person made it to the hospital and she survived," Purdue Police chief John Cox said. "The pin that we placed on her uniform during today's pinning ceremony will be a continual reminder of the very real difference she made in a life that day."

The four agricultural staff members were honored by the university shortly after the occurrence. 

Contact: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu 

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