Paramedic Kip Krogh was recently presented with a SVFD Lifesaving Medal for his quick actions delivering high-quality CPR while off-duty on April 2, 2016.
Krogh and his wife were in an Uber just blocks away from their Liberty Lake home and headed downtown when he looked out the side window and spotted a man down on the ground with two citizens attempting CPR. Krogh yelled for the Uber driver to stop, jumped out, called 9-1-1 and took over CPR until SVFD crews arrived.
“It all happened really quickly,” Krogh explained. “It was less than a minute since the man, who was riding a bicycle, tipped over sideways and fell to the ground. The two people who stopped to help him alerted me to the situation which is when I yelled ‘stop’ several times to the Uber driver. I was able to take over and do high-quality CPR for about three minutes before the crew from [SVFD Liberty Lake] Station 3 arrived. I turned over patient care, jumped back in the Uber with my wife and we went home to change my jeans before we headed back downtown. “
The 60-year-old man, who routinely rode his bicycle from Spokane Valley to Coeur d’Alene and back, made a full recovery from his sudden cardiac arrest, thanks to the quick thinking and high quality CPR delivered by Krogh and SVFD crews. Several weeks later, the man and his wife stopped by the fire station when Krogh was on duty to say thank you.
“It’s not often that we meet someone who was code and two weeks later they are walking around like nothing happened,” Krogh smiled. “It was amazing to meet him and know that you’re part of why he is standing there.”
Kip Krogh has been a Spokane Valley firefighter for more than 20 years. He grew up in the Valley and graduated from Central Valley High School. Krogh has always loved medicine. After high school he joined the Navy and worked as a medical technician. He joined SVFD in 1997 and ten years later became a paramedic. He and his wife have three grown children and live in Liberty Lake.