Chief, Gov. Dayton honor Lakeville police officers
They saved woman’s life
by Aaron Vehling
Two Lakeville police officers were honored Jan. 3 for their role in helping save the life of Chelsea Skog, whose car was hit head-on by a drunk driver on Buck Hill Road in August 2010.
At a Lakeville City Council meeting, Police Chief Tom Vonhof and Gov. Mark Dayton presented officers Jeff Hanson and Michelle Roberts with the Life Saver Award for their heroism. Skog’s father, Greg Skog of Eagan, nominated them for the honor. Dayton was present because Skog was a campaign intern and is a family friend.
Chelsea Skog and a passenger were both trapped inside their Toyota Prius after colliding with the Chevrolet pickup. Both teens were transported via ambulance and helicopter to the hospital at the time. The pickup driver was arrested for DWI.
Chelsea Skog suffered two broken femurs and a broken collar bone.
Greg Skog said just saying thanks was not enough, so nominated the officers. Hanson and Roberts were first on the scene. Several other officers responded later. They were also honored.
Chelsea Skog had been handing out fliers for Dayton’s campaign earlier in the evening, Dayton said.
“If it had not been for your response, I don’t think either of them would be with us today,” said Dayton.
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