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Craig Police Department Officer Ryan Fritz accepts the Craig Police Department’s Life Saving Medal from Police Chief Walt Vanatta at Tuesday’s Craig City Council meeting. Fritz helped three Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputies save the life of an inmate who had a heart attack. Fritz said any other officer in the situation would have done the same thing.

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Craig Police officer awarded for helping inmate facing a heart attack

When Ryan Fritz, an officer for the Craig Police Department, heard a request for help in the Moffat County Jail early in the morning April 3, he said his instincts kicked in. At around 4:30 a.m., an inmate suffered a heart attack, was unconscious and had quit breathing. By Fritz’s knowledge, the progression was simple — the man’s heart would stop.


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