Plymouth County Road Employee Honored For Saving A Life


(Le Mars) — A Plymouth County road employee was honored today by the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors for saving the life of a Cedar Valley Contractor employee.
Plymouth County Supervisor chairman Don Kass presented a certificate of appreciation for heroism to Mark Marienau for his quick thinking action of life-saving by using chest compressions on the Cedar Valley contractor employee after the victim was electrocuted. Marienau describes what happened the morning of July 5th.

Marienau says it felt like forever as he continued with the first aid chest compressions that lasted for at least twelve to fifteen minutes before the Kingsley Ambulance and other emergency rescue people had arrived on the scene.
Marienau credits the life-saving technique as part of the training he had taken, with other county employees.

When the county employee noticed the victim did not have any vital signs, he instinctively knew to begin chest compressions.

Several members of the Kingsley Ambulance Staff, Kingsley Fire Department, and other county employees witnessed today’s ceremony.  Cedar Valley Project Manager Jason Hankins, was in attendance for today’s supervisor meeting to witness the honoring of Marienau.  Hankins reported that the Cedar Valley employee is doing well, and making progress to a full recovery.

Hankins says he and corporate executives with Cedar Valley are thankful for Marienau and others that acted quickly and knew what to do after the electrical shock incident.

Hankins says it is the company’s hope that the employee will be able to return to work sometime in the near future.