Dawn Hinz receives Compassion Award for helping 10-year-old girl after crash

Photo credit South Haven Area Emergency Services/Facebook

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. -- A member of South Haven Area Emergency Services received the Compassion Award for going beyond the call of duty.

Chief Wise and Deputy Chief Marsala presented the award to Dawn Hinz at their annual banquet.

Hinz responded to a vehicle crash on November 22, 2017 while off-duty and found a 10 year old patient trapped in the vehicle.

Hinz assessed the patient and relayed that information to incoming units.

She stayed with the girl and explained everything that was happening while crews were assessing her condition and extricating her from the vehicle.

The girl asked Hinz to stay with her and rode to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo in the ambulance with the girl.

With the family's permission she kept in touch with the girl and even got her a gift for Christmas.

On a Facebook post detailing why Hinz received the award, the department wrote, "This is a true example of what patient care is and why our staff makes such a difference in our community, it is not just a job. They do this job because they care."

Hinz at scene of crash - Photo credit South Haven Area Emergency Services

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