Congratulations to Sally Ripplinger of Loveland. Sally was awarded a Sheriff’s Commendation by Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith for helping to save a life back in September. Ms. Ripplinger was presented the award during a ceremony held Wednesday in the Sheriff’s office.

On September 11, 2011 an 86-year-old woman began choking on a piece of steak while attending a picnic at the Meadowlark Mobile Home Park in Loveland. The woman lost consciousness, stopped breathing and had no pulse.

Ms. Ripplinger attempted to do the Heimlich maneuver but was not successful in dislodging the obstruction. Assisted by two other individuals, Ms. Ripplinger laid the unconscious woman on the ground and immediately began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) chest compressions. While one person called 911, the other assisted Ms. Ripplinger by giving breaths and performing finger sweeps. They were able to dislodge the item the victim was choking on and she quickly recovered and started breathing on her own. This all transpired before paramedics and law enforcement arrived on scene.

Ms. Ripplinger had just been recertified in CPR prior to the incident.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s office reminds the public that knowing CPR can save a life. You get more information on CPR training locally by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or at