Civil Air Patrol

Wisconsin Wing Member Honored With CAP Life Saving Award

Photo taken by Second Lieutenant Carolyn Johnson, Wisconsin Wing Maj. Lisa Amburgey (R) accepts her Civil Air Patrol Life Saving Award from Lt. Col. Dean Klassy (L), Southeast Group commander, during a special ceremony on September 11.

Major Lisa Amburgey, assistant director of emergency services, Wisconsin Wing, received the Civil Air Patrol Life Saving Award during a ceremony on Sunday, September 11 in front of approximately 100 members at the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) facility located at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.

Amburgey stood in front of the Lieutenant Colonel Dean Klassy, commander of the Southeast Wisconsin Group, while he read to the group her heroic actions which occurred on February 6.

Having attended a communal Super Bowl lunch the Woodview Park Apartments in Delavan, Wis., Amburgey noticed a fellow resident coming into the dining room with the classic signs of choking. Kathy Winden was coughing and grabbing at her throat when Amburgey sprung into action asking Winden if she could breath. Responding by shaking her head no, Amburgey knew instantly what she needed to do.

Administering the Heimlich maneuver repeatedly, Winden’s color worsened to deep purple. After losing consciousness and falling into Amburgey’s arms, she immediately checked for breathing and a pulse. After clearing Winden’s airway, she then started CPR.

Another resident came to her aid at this time while others called 911. By the time the Delavan Police Department and Rescue Squad were on the scene, Winden was breathing on her own and attempting to talk.

“Without the fast action from the outset by Major Amburgey, it is doubtful that there would have been a positive outcome to this story,” stated Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Curry, administrative officer for the Southeast Wisconsin Group. “By her prompt action and humanitarian regard for her fellowman, Major Amburgey has reflected great credit upon herself and Civil Air Patrol.”

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