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Written by JOE POIRIER   
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 18:12

Grafton High School senior who is also a volunteer firefighter, jumps into action after a fellow employee collapses and his heart stops

    Volunteer firefighter and Grafton High School senior Daniel Dowty was at the right place at the right time when one of his Shopko co-workers fell unconscious last month.
    “He had a medical condition that resulted in no pulse and no breathing. In other words he was dead,” Grafton Fire Department Chief Bill Rice said. “That’s when the people stepped in and started CPR until the fire department got there.”
    Dowty had just arrived to his shift and was in the backroom talking with a co-worker when they heard a crash and saw shopping carts being pushed around.
    Dowty said he told his co-worker to get the store manager and started calling 911.
    “When I was on the phone, I was tracking his vitals and shaking him to keep him with us,” Dowty said. “Eventually, he stopped breathing and I couldn’t get a pulse anymore so I notified the dispatch.”
    That’s when pharmacist Maureen McGuire began to perform CPR before the paramedics arrived on scene.
    “We were able to hook up a defibrillator to him and we gave a shock a couple times, and he began to become stable,” Dowty said.
    Dowty said he credits his experience as a volunteer firefighter with helping him control the situation. Dowty began working with the Grafton Fire Department about four years ago through the Boy Scouts of America’s Explorers program and recently completed his Firefighter 1 certification.
    “I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of ride-alongs with the EMS personnel, which really exposed me to many things, so I knew how to act and remain calm,” Dowty said.
    Rice wants to recognize Dowty’s actions at a future Village Board meeting.
    “Daniel is a pretty remarkable young man so it doesn’t surprise me that he did the right thing,” Rice said. “I’m happy for him that he was able to use his skills early in life to learn what a difference it can make in this line of business.”
    Dowty and his co-workers already received recognition from the corporate-level of Shopko.
    “We are very proud and thankful for the team’s quick thinking and response in this emergency situation,” Jim DePaul, Shopko’s senior vice president of store operations, said. “Their action demonstrates the compassion we value at Shopko.”
    After Dowty graduates from Grafton High School, he plans to study natural resources science at the University of  Wisconsin-Stevens Point, while continuing to be a volunteer firefighter.
    “I want to continue helping other people because I know they would help me,” Dowty said.

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