Two Webster Employees Honored for Saving Lives

Dec. 8, 2016

Two Webster Employees Honored for Saving Lives
Katie Ervin poses with the Gorlok earlier this year. She is one of two employees being credited with saving lives earlier this semester.

ST. LOUIS - Two Webster University employees are being praised by University leadership for saving the lives of two people in a 24 hour period.

Katie Ervin, director of the Fort Leavenworth Campus, used her cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to save the life of an infant in the parking lot of Webster’s campus there on Nov. 8. The next day, Adjunct Professor Steve Munsie of the Fort Leonard Wood location saved the life of a student who suffered a medical emergency during class.

“The actions of these colleagues underscore how each of us can meet the real needs of our communities in ways that go far beyond providing life changing educational opportunities,” said Elizabeth (Beth) Stroble, president of Webster University. “Both went beyond the call of duty, truly changing the lives of those they helped.”  

Ervin said she had arrived at work early in the morning on Nov. 8 and was walking to her office at Fort Leavenworth when she heard a woman screaming in a nearby parking lot. She went to see what the commotion was about when she realized the woman had an infant that appeared to not be breathing. Another bystander also ran over to the site. The two of them performed CPR on the child and called 911. The child started breathing again before paramedics arrived.

Ervin traveled to the hospital with the mother and child and assisted the woman in trying to contact her husband. When the child was transferred to a second hospital, Ervin also accompanied the mother and child to that location. The husband was successfully reached and arrived at the hospital by 1:30 p.m.

“Baby is stable, parents are cared for and I am leaving the hospital,” Ervin wrote in a note to her supervisor on her cell phone. “Thank God for CPR classes and being in the right place.”

The next day, another potentially deadly situation happened at Fort Leonard Wood.

Adjunct Professor Steve Munsie was teaching “Legal and Ethical Issues in Security Management” when he noticed that one of his students who normally was very engaged in class discussions seemed quieter than normal and also looked a bit pale. Munsie asked the student how he felt, and the student said he felt fine. But later in a class, while the professor was showing a short film, he noticed that the student seemed to momentarily fade out during the film.

After the movie ended, the professor dismissed the class early but kept the one student in class. He again asked the student how he was feeling, and the student said that he was in good health and just needed to drive home and get some sleep. Instead, Professor Munsie insisted the student say and he called for base paramedics.

The paramedics transported the student to the Fort Leonard Wood emergency room, where doctors confirmed the student’s vital signs seemed unstable. The student was admitted to the hospital for more tests. Professor Munsie followed the ambulance to the hospital and stayed with him until 3 a.m. when physicians determined that the student had, in fact, had a heart attack in class. Had he gone home, he likely would not have survived the evening, doctors said.

Both Ervin and Munsie will receive personal letters from Stroble commending them for their actions.

The American Heart Association offers CPR certification classes at locations across the United States, including annually at Webster University. Visit to find a class near you, or watch Webster Today for the next time a class is offered at a Webster University location.


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