Roaring River staff recognized for life-saving efforts

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
A team of six Roaring River State Park employees have been named Employees of the Month for Missouri State Parks after handling a semi wreck and medical emergency simultaneously. They include: Ranger Cpl. Steve Jabben, Park Manager Joel Topham, and maintenance workers Sebastian Carter, Dustin Hall, Aaron Stensrud, and Timothy Wolfe. Contributed photo

Group’s teamwork earns them Employees of Month for September

A group of six people who work at Roaring River State Park were recognized last week as state Employees of the Month after a dealing with a medical emergency and vehicle accident simultaneously, requiring life-saving measures.

Sebastian Carter, Dustin Hall, Ranger Cpl. Steve Jabben, Aaron Stensrud, Park Manager Joel Topham and Timothy Wolfe, Division of State Parks employees at Roaring River State Park, have been selected as the department’s September 2020 Employees of the Month. 

On the evening of June 30, while off-duty, Jabben was notified by Topham of a semi crash on the the Highway 112 hill leading into the park. The semi was blocking one lane of traffic on the hill, and park staff were directing traffic around the crash. As Jabben was readying for duty, Barry County 911 contacted Jabben in reference to a woman who had fallen by the hatchery and was unconscious.

As Topham and park staff were assisting at the crash scene on the Highway 112 hill, Topham also received the information on the injured female. Park maintenance workers Carter, Hall, Stensrud and Wolfe remained at the crash scene to assist public safety personnel and direct traffic while Topham left the crash scene and responded to the woman at the hatchery.

A park guest had fallen on Farm Road 1135 near the hatchery, struck her head and was not breathing. Upon Jabben’s arrival to the scene, Topham had already begun CPR and had administered one shock from a park AED device. Jabben relieved Topham, continuing CPR and administering a second shock with the AED.

The Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Department then arrived on the scene, relieved Cpl. Jabben, and administered a third shock from the AED. The guest then began breathing on her own and was transported to an air ambulance, which had landed in the park. The guest was conscious and alert as she was transported to an area hospital.

“There is no doubt that the quick and decisive response by Cpl. Jabben, all park staff and the first responders involved in the incident saved a human being’s life that day,” said Sgt. Shane DeGraffenreid, Jabben’s supervisor, who nominated the team for the honor. “The combination of these two incidents happening simultaneously demonstrates real teamwork.”

Carter lives in Cassville and joined the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in December 2018. Hall lives in Exeter and joined the department in November 2015. Jabben lives in Cassville and joined the department in March 2014. Stensrud lives in Exeter and joined the department in March 2018. Topham lives in Cassville and joined the department in September 2018. Wolfe lives in Branson West and joined the department in June 2016.

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