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​Good Samaritan, Minnesota Trooper Help Save Choking Baby

Photo of a state trooper, Kristin and Elise Lonsbury, and a nurse.
When an infant chokes, it’s scary. When it happens in a car on the freeway, it’s downright terrifying.

Kristin Lonsbury found herself in that situation Sept. 14 on Interstate 394. Her daughter Elise, who was 6 weeks old at the time, had lost consciousness after choking. Fortunately, a nurse on her way to work and a state trooper happened to be in the right place at the right time.

Learn how the trooper and Good Samaritan helped give the potentially tragic story a happy ending in the latest DPS blog post.

​Don’t Let Your Holidays Go Up in Smoke

Photo of a woman cooking on a stovetop.Residential fires peak in Minnesota between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

That’s because the three leading causes of home fires in Minnesota — cooking, heating and candles — are all holiday staples.

There are some simple steps you can take to make to make sure a fire doesn’t destroy your holiday season:

-Stay in the kitchen while you have items cooking on the stove.

-Never leave a space heater unattended or leave it on while you’re sleeping.

-Using candles for decorations? Try the flameless variety instead. They’re safer.

​Distracted Drivers Put Everyone at Risk — Including First Responders

Photo of a damaged Edina fire truck.“You would think that one of our biggest fears is running into a building that’s on fire when in reality it’s responding to a roadway and being struck by a distracted driver.”

Wow. Those words from Edina Assistant​ Fire Chief Jeff Siems say it all.

Distracted drivers put everyone at risk — including first responders. This video about an Aug. 8 crash between an Edina fire truck and an alleged distracted driver is a good reminder why it’s so important to pay attention. Help first responders can get to where they need to go safely and save lives.

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Video Description: A Twin Cities mother says her daughter would not be alive today if not for the heroic actions of a Good Samaritan and a Minnesota State Patrol Trooper.