A Wisconsin man died of a severe asthma attack after an officer stopped the speeding car that was taking him to the hospital.
At about 2 a.m. on Sunday, Casey Kressin, 29, was being driven by his girlfriend to a hospital located five minutes away from his home, as he was having a severe asthma attack. On the way to the hospital, a police stopped the vehicle for running a red light.
Kressin knelt down on the pavement asking for his inhaler. His girlfriend jumped out of the driver’s seat and yelled at the officer, saying that her boyfriend needed to get to the emergency room quickly as he was suffering from an asthma attack.
Now, Kressin is dead and his girlfriend Leah Hryniewicki is blaming the Chippewa Falls, Wis., police department for letting him die. However, Chief of Police Wendy Stelter said in a statement that the officer who stopped the vehicle followed protocol and called an ambulance after seeing that there was a medical emergency, NY Daily News reports.
The EMS arrived at the scene about six minutes after the call but Kressin was already unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
In an interview with WEAU, Stelter explained the situation.
“What the officer was thinking was that this man was sitting there and I am going to keep him calm until the ambulance arrives. The officer feels that he did what he should have done and I support him in that, yet the family has lost a family member and that’s sad.”
Hryniewicki took to Facebook to tell her story. She said that her daughter Paige was also present at the time of the incident.
“we got pulled over the cop’s won’t let me take him to the hospital by the time the ambulance got there casey was not breathing they did cpr the whole way to the hospital and at the hospital he went into cardiac arrest. [sic]”
An autopsy is ongoing at the Ramsey County Medical center located in Minnesota and Kressin’s funeral is planned for Thursday at 1 p.m.
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