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Chamber honors local hero and volunteer groups posted on 01/01/2019

Two weeks after a female jogger suffered a severe heart attack while running a marathon on Mount Hood, she was able to attend her son’s wedding thanks to the heroic efforts of Rhododendron citizen Lynn Miskowicz.

The Mount Hood Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a festive breakfast on Dec. 4, 2018 to present an award honoring community member Miskowicz for her role in saving the life of the woman during the REVEL Mount Hood marathon and applaud local volunteer organizations for their work in the community.

The seventh annual breakfast was held at the Mt. Hood Oregon Resort where the Clackamas County Commissioners attended and served food to the honored guests.

“We feel volunteers need to be encouraged and recognized,” said chamber vice president Coni Scott after the event. “It’s important to acknowledge the contributions these organizations make in the community.”

Hoodland Fire District Fire Chief John Ingrao presented a plaque to Miskowicz acknowledging her heroic life-saving actions.

Miskowicz was volunteering at the REVEL marathon on July 28, a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, when a woman suffered a heart attack while running near the Barlow Trail hydration station. Miskowicz was on the scene when the woman fell, called 911 and performed CPR for 22 minutes before a Clackamas County Deputy arrived with a defibrillator and resuscitated the woman.

“This was a special award. She saved a woman’s life,” Scott said.

Miskowicz has worked in health care for 30 years and began her career as a registered respiratory therapist at Providence Saint Vincent. She first got her CPR card in high school and has kept it active for 30 years.

“It’s a great honor,” Miskowicz said about the recognition, but credited her years of training for preparing her. “I hope this makes more people go out and learn CPR and have the basic knowledge to use if they are in a similar situation.”

Clackamas County Commissioner Jim Bernard introduced the 30 community volunteer organizations being recognized by the breakfast. The organizations then thanked all the community member volunteers who made their work possible.

“It’s a positive event and everyone enjoys coming,” Scott said.

The annual breakfast was sponsored by Clackamas County Bank and was also made possible by the support of the Mt. Hood Oregon Resort and 40 donations from 16 local organizations.

The volunteer organizations honored at the breakfast were Antfarm, Boy Scouts of America, Clackamas Dogs Foundation, Clackamas Women’s Services, Friends of Hoodland Library, Friends of Timberline, Hoodland C.E.R.T. Community Emergency Response Team, Hoodland Community Christmas Basket, Hoodland Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Hoodland Fire District Volunteer Support, Hoodland Rural Fire Protection District #74, Hoodland Senior Center, Hoodland Women’s Club, Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum, Mt. Hood Golf Club, Mt. Hood Hospice, Mt. Hood Kiwanis Club, Mt. Hood Learning Center, Mt. Hood Lions Club, Mt. Hood Oregon Resort, Neighborhood Missions, Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind, Inc., Rhododendron Community Planning Organization (RCPO), Sandy Community Action Center, Sandy Historical Society, Inc. & Museum, Spook Alley, The Villages of Mt. Hood Community Partnership Program Grant (CPP), Trillium Trails Garden Club, U.S. Forest Service and the Welches Schools.

By Benjamin Simpson/MT

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