Honoring Jen Wolsleben, Firefighter Cedar Bluffs Fire and Rescue

Today, Aug. 1,2020 we honor Jen Wolsleben, Firefighter / NREMT-B, Cedar Bluffs Fire and Rescue Department, our most recent inductee into the National Society of Saint Florian and Saint Michael and the recipient of the Challenge Coin.

Jen is a true hero and a life saver. Several years ago, Jen was called to a remote location on the Platte River. Jen arrived to find a preteen boy had suffered a life-threading arm injury in an ATV rollover accident, and had an open humerus fracture and had torn his brachial artery. Jen was able to apply a make-shift tourniquet, using her blood pressure cuff to stop the bleeding in his arm, and save his life. A few years later Jen was the first on the scene of a severe ATV crash where a person was ejected head first, hitting a cedar tree and suffering massive facial injuries. He was found face down and not breathing. Jen instructed her fellow first responders, law enforcement, to help roll the man over, where Jen placed an airway and began bagging him with a Bag Valve Mask. He was flown from the scene, surviving to make a full recovery.

Jen is a leader and has been EMT of the Year three times.

Jen is a leader on critical calls and not only does she display a calming, commanding presence, she guides bystanders and encourages her fellow first responders. Jen also shines in the classroom as a Rescue Training Officer. Jen facilitates teamwork amongst all members of the fire department.

Three times Jen has been awarded the Department EMT of the Year; 2003, 2015, and 2018.

We thank Jodi Teal for nominating Jen Wolsleben. Special thanks Jen, for your dedication and life saving service!

Nominate your hero to receive this outstanding recognition. Nominees receive a Personalized Certificate and a two-sided Saint Florian and Saint Michael Challenge Coin in a showcase box. Click here to learn more https://firstrespondersomaha.org/nominate-a-first-responder/

Honoring Lt. Robert Jones of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Today we honor Lt. Robert Jones of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office as our most recent inductee of the National Society of Saint Florian and Saint Michael and the recipient of the Challenge Coin.

Lt. Jones is described as compassionate, understanding, patient and a source of strength.

Lt. Jones has been serving the community through the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office since 1998.  He has been and continues to be instrumental in several programs at the Sheriff’s Office.  Lt. Jones helped establish the Chaplaincy Program and remains the Sheriff’s liaison providing yearly regional training for other law enforcement chaplains.  He also helped establish and continues to lead the Rapid Deployment Team, which was critical in providing safety to our community during the 2020 protests. Lt. Jones currently leads the Hostage Negotiation Team for the Sheriff’s Office. He is a recipient of the Medal of Honor in recognition for his actions in the 2007 Von Maur Shooting at the Westroads Mall in Omaha, NE.  Colleagues describe Lt. Jones’ leadership and service as compassionate, understanding, patient and a source of strength.

We thank Jason Workman for nominating Lt. Rob Jones.  Special thanks Lt. Jones for your dedication and life saving service!

Nominate your hero to receive this outstanding recognition and induction into the National Society of St. Florian and St. Michael.

Nominees receive a Personalized Certificate and a two-sided Saint Florian and Saint Michael Challenge Coin in a showcase box.  For more information click here.