FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      
November 9, 2017
CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke                                                                             
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St. John’s Lutheran Teacher and Student Recognized as WI Assembly ‘Hometown Heroes’

 MADISON – The Wisconsin State Assembly recognized Beth Tomlin from Lannon, Wisconsin and Katie Murphy from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin as “Hometown Heroes” at today’s Assembly session.

Tomlin, a teacher at St. John’s Lutheran School in Menomonee Falls, and Murphy, a 13-year-old student of Tomlin’s, were nominated by their State Representative, Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) after Murphy used the skills she was taught in Tomlin’s class to act quickly when she recognized her mother was having a stroke.

Just two days after Tomlin gave an engaging lesson on the signs of someone having a stroke, Murphy noticed her mom exhibiting those same behaviors she had learned at school. Murphy immediately called 911 for help, getting her mom the life-saving help she needed for her ischemic stroke. Because of Tomlin’s timely lesson and Murphy’s application of her new-found knowledge, they were able to save a life.

The Wisconsin State Assembly sees giving back to the community as one of the most valuable characteristics one can have. The Assembly Hometown Heroes program seeks to identify and recognize individuals from around the state who give of themselves to make a difference in our communities and in the lives of those around them. Hometown Hero Award winners are invited and introduced as a special guest at an Assembly floor session and given the opportunity to speak.