Washington State Ferries honors nurse

Jan 28, 2018
Photo by: Washington State Ferries Capt. Tim Koivu watches as Port Capt. Doug Stough, right, presents a Lifering award to Lt. Cmdr. Erika Schilling, pictured with her 5-year-old son Connor.

A Navy nurse stationed in Bremerton was on the Spokane ferry on the Edmonds/Kingston run on Dec. 2 when a man’s heart apparently stopped.

Lt. Cmdr. Erika Schilling had her two kids with her for a family trip when it happened, but still leapt into action.

WSF crew deployed a defibrillator and the nurse performed 14 minutes of CPR on the victim, who survived.

“We took the exceedingly rare step of honoring her heroic actions with a Lifering Award,” Ferries spokesman Ian Sterling said.

“This is an award for crew who have directly saved a life, and it’s almost unheard of for us to award it to a non-employee.”

Schilling was honored Jan. 18 on a trip aboard the Spokane.

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