Man Delivers Emotional Thank You to Woodbury Public Safety

His son, 8-year-old Evan, passed out at Saint Ambrose on Sunday.

With tears in his eyes and a catch in his throat, Tim Benetti on Wednesday thanked the city of Woodbury for its response after his 8-year-old son passed out at church on Sunday, Feb. 24.

“Your guys were so calm, cool and collected,” he told the Woodbury City Council, relaying the story of how young Evan was transported to Children’s Hospital in St. Paul following the episode at St. Ambrose Church.

By the time Evan reached the hospital, he was fine, Benetti said.

He said the doors of the ambulance opened and his son told him: “‘Dad, they pricked my finger and I didn’t even cry.’”

Benetti in particular thanked officer Fran Schmitz, who is cross-trained as a paramedic, for his quick response and calm demeanor.

“It was very scary,” Benetti said.

Within three minutes of Evan’s fainting, crews were on the scene, he said, responding in “top-notch” fashion.

Evan has never had a similar episode, Benetti said, but it reminded him of a coworker’s seizure he witnessed. His son was playing hockey the day before and may have been dehydrated, he said.

Benetti, who works in the planning department in Brooklyn Center, said cities often hear complaints at council meetings, and he wanted to say thank you. (His wife was going to bake cookies for the Public Safety Department or send a card.)

“It makes me proud to be a citizen of this community,” Benetti said.

Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens said the city does receive notes of thanks following these types of incidents, but not often at council meetings. She said Benetti’s story reminded her of a similar incident involving her daughter, Jane, when she was a teenager.

“Immediately, I could relate to him,” Stephens said.

The mayor said it was nice to hear that the boy was OK.

“It’s not just a number on a report,” Stephens said. “It’s real life to the people who live here.”


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Kris Janisch February 28, 2013 at 04:29 PM
One more note on this story. Tim said he's a Scout troop leader, and when there were some issues with a trailer the city helped work it out. He thanked Eric Searles, then learned the city associate planner was in the audience. So Tim turned around and shook his hand.
Carl Scheider February 28, 2013 at 05:29 PM
This is, without question, one of the better things about Woodbury. The ambulance service dates back to some volunteers and the Lions Club, and a big push by a guy name of Dick Stafford. But the police / fire / emergency response coordination that has taken years to get in place, is one of the absolute best things about this city. Their response, their service times, their results are among the best in the nation. A hearty thank you to all of those who protect and serve.
Kris Janisch February 28, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Thanks Carl!
Randy Marsh February 28, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Is Shawn on vacation or why am I only finding Woodbury news and regional information on Stillwater Patch nowadays?
Shawn Hogendorf February 28, 2013 at 08:03 PM
I'm here and glad you're concerned, Randy. Maybe I missed the memo ... Are you my boss now? I thought this was a nice story, so I asked KJ to include it on Stillwater Patch -- which I do from time to time. Woodbury is in the headline, so if you don't want to read the occasional post from Woodbury Patch, you don't have to click on it.
Rosemary Beenken March 01, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Of Course! Timmy would take the time with all his emotions to personaly thank all who took care of his son Evan in Woodbury. And those cookies Barb makes will be FANTASTIC! Timmy is like another brother to my family from his home town of Belmond Iowa. His father was the our towns hospital surgeon so he knows how important people in the medical feild are. Timmy comes from a large, loving, Itallian, Irish, Catholic, family and everyone of the people in his family would of publicly thanked the medical responders with the same depth of emotion and deep love from their heart. Woodbury your blessed to have such a wonderful part of the Benetti family call Woodbury home. And from the entire Beenken family back home thanks for taking great care fo Evan. Mamma and Doc Benetti did great raising an awesome family. God Bless our country and the wonderful midwest. Rosey
Kris Janisch March 01, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Very cool to hear Rosemary! Thanks so much!
Kris Janisch March 01, 2013 at 08:00 PM
SWCTC has video up: http://vimeo.com/60856380
Angela Butt March 04, 2013 at 01:35 AM
My husband Wayne Butt and I grew up in Belmond, IA with Tim and the ENTIRE Benetti family; we now live in Cottage Grove. This is a perfect example of the class, grace, and thoughtfulness one would expect from Tim Benetti.
Kris Janisch March 04, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Thanks Angela.


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