News Release

Published on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Four Landscape Horticulture students from Western Technical College found more than Birch and Maple as they walked near campus studying for a tree identification test.

Katie Christensen, Scott White, Ian Young, and Daren Scott were in the area of 9th and Main Streets on Sept. 11 when they encountered an unresponsive female lying in the shrubs.

“The way she was positioned and not moving just did not seem right,” said White. “We knew immediately that something was wrong.”

Christensen and Young attempted to wake the woman and noticed that her breathing was irregular and her eyes were rolling back in her head. White and Scott went to the La Crosse Public Library Museum to have the staff call 911.

The students stayed with the woman until an ambulance arrived. The paramedics determined the woman was diabetic and hadn’t taken her medication. Her name and current condition are unknown, but White says they hope their actions made a difference.

“I just couldn’t be more proud of my fellow classmates, the gentleman working at the museum, and the first responders who arrived as quickly as they could,” said White. “Especially on a day like Sept. 11, where we remember that being a hero isn’t just about fighting crime and dressing in cool outfits. It’s about saving lives and showing genuine compassion for fellow human life.”

Western Technical College will honor the students’ actions during the Tuesday, Sept. 17 District Board Meeting, where they will be presented with a special commendation.