Brainerd Intl' Raceway Employees Recognized for Saving 3 Lives in 1 Weekend

Updated: 10/23/2012 11:17 AM By: Leslie Dyste

Brainerd International Raceway's emergency personnel received 'Life Saving Awards' Sunday after three lives were saved in one weekend.

According to BIR, three people went into cardiac arrest during the NHRA Nationals weekend in August.

All three people survived and went to the race track Sunday to meet the people who saved their lives.

Before Sunday, the only time Jamie Harris of Madelia and Scott Miller of Superior had any contact was when Harris was lying on the ground at Brainerd International Raceway in full cardiac arrest after getting hit by lightning.

Miller, a fan at the event, was at Harris' side administering CPR as emergency crews arrived. Harris was flown to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

In a second incident, Bryan Arnold of New Brighton wasn't feeling well, and he collapsed. Emergency crews arrived and he was taken to the hospital.

In a third incident, Don Williams of Burnsville collapsed from a heart attack when he was leaving the grandstands. Emergency crews arrived, and he was taken to the hospital.

BIR's Director of Security Jerry Braam said, "It’s rare that someone goes into cardiac arrest, or for emergency personnel to perform life-saving measures on someone. So for BIR to have three successful life saves in the same weekend is nearly unheard of, but it’s a testament to the actions and training of the safety personnel who work at BIR."

Twelve 'Life Saving Awards' were handed out at the event Sunday. Although Miller was just a spectator at the event, he was included with emergency and safety personnel who received awards.