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Commissioners honored Renus Kelfkens, a project manager in the county's Department of Land Use & Trasportation, for saving an individual in Hillsboro's Dairy Creek Park.

FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - In this September 2016 file photo picture, Renus Kelfkens, who at the time was project manager for the road construction of Basalt Creek Parkway, gave a tour of the then uncompleted roadway, which now hooks up to the 124th Avenue extension that feeds into Tualatin-Sherwood Road.  An employee with Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation was recognized with a lifesaving award during the Feb. 19 meeting of the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

On Dec. 19, 2018, Renus Kelfkens, a project manager in the department's engineering and construction services division, was in the parking lot of Hillsboro's Dairy Creek Park when he was approached by a man asking him to call 911.

Kelfkens discovered that the man's friend had collapsed and was not breathing. With support from the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency operator, Kelfkens performed chest compressions until Hillsboro police officers arrived and took over lifesaving measures, according to a news release from the county.

Meanwhile, a city of Hillsboro employee working in the park assisted in the event by guiding emergency responders to the scene.

Kelfkens, who was the project manager for the Basalt Creek Parkway (the road that runs parallel to Tonquin Road from Grahams Ferry Road and hooks up with the 124th Avenue extension), credits his required CPR training and the calm WCCCA operator for his response in the lifesaving event.

Louisa Partain, Quality Improvement and Education Coordinator for Washington County Health and Human Services Emergency Medical Services, encouraged everyone to learn CPR so they can take appropriate action when needed.

"Because of the compassionate, selfless actions of people like Mr. Kelfkens, Washington County has one of the highest cardiac arrest resuscitation rates in the nation," Partain said. "We recognize him, and others like him, who are willing to help." 

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