35-year-Jenny Olson lost her battle with cancer in
But it is what happened in the days leading up to
her death that is the reason for this gathering today..
Today we'd like to call Elise and Ben up here with
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My worst nightmare ever since Jenny got diagnosed
with cancer was to have something happen to her and
the kids at home alone.
And that's what happened.
January 25th started like any normal day.
The kids had off school that day and I teach in another
district and we had school.
And it was a normal day.
She was feeling very well.
We figure at about in the morning...Jenny must not
have been feeling well.
She was in the bathroom.
And she must have known something wasn't right because
she sat down on the floor of the bathroom.
And...shortly after that her heart must have stopped.
And that's when the kids kicked into action.
Ben was with Jenny in the bathroom...
He said Elise come in here quick we need your help.
And she came in and Ben said, 'I think she's dying.
Elise got on her boots and coat and headed out the
door to the next door neighbor.
She's trained in cardiac care.
Neighbor Kari Lazerescu remembers vividly the knock
on her door.
when I turned around I saw Elise's tiny little face
through the window and saw tears and knew it wasn't
going to be good.
She said my mommy fell and she can't get up and I
threw my boots on and ran over there.
Ben still was with her when she came back and he kept
saying what can I do to help?
Kari sent Ben to get the phone to call 911 while she
began performing CPR.
They were so calm.
They were amazing.
They did everything I asked them to do.
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Ben and Elise then went outside to help flag down
the rescue crews when they arrived.
We never practiced this.
They just knew what to do.
They were amazing.
Emergency responders were able to get Jenny's heart
beating again but sadly she passed away the following
I think it's important to let Ben and Elise know that
they did everything they could do do help save their
It was amazing.
And the Holmen fire department agreed.
To stay calm and resilient and to actually assist
- they performed very very well.
We'll always remember them and hold them dear to our
Today we would like to give
you both an award in regognition
for assisting us and 911 in that troublesome time.
We also have a medal for you and on the back it says
you are an honarary first responder with us.
Thank you very much and we are very sorry for your
They make me so proud.
And I know they would make Jenny so proud....with
the actions that they did.
She wrote letters to the kids.
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Those mean a lot.
Every night before we go to bed we say, what do you
miss about your mom? What was your favorite thing
to do with mom.
And I want to do that forever.
In Holmen with photographer Kirk Arneson, Jennifer