Tulsa construction worker wins hero award


Thursday, August 14th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


He saved a co-worker's life. And Thursday morning Governor Brad Henry presented him with the Heroic Oklahoman Award.

This past June, 25 year old Dean Rubendall stopped breathing after he received a high voltage shock while installing a new roof at Tulsa's historic Cain's Ballroom. After calling 911, Jacob Conliff performed CPR until EMSA arrived which saved Rubendall's life.

News on 6 reporter Rick Wells says we all love a hero, and Tulsan Jacob Conliff is a Heroic Oklahoman. The ceremony was part of a news conference in the Blue Room at the state capitol. Dean Rubendall was there to see Conliff get his award; lots of family and friends came along too. Had Jake Conliff not reacted quickly at the very least Rubendall would have suffered significant brain damage. As it was he was in a coma for several days, but awakened in time to witness the birth of his first son Mason.

He suffered second and third degree burns to his feet and hands, has not been able to return to work but expects to in a couple of weeks.

Once again a bystander knowing CPR has saved a life, Conliff learned it as a member of the Boy Scouts and from his church. It's a life saving skill we can all learn free. Citizen CPR would love to teach us, all 'em at 596-3600 or visit their web site at www.tulsacpr.com.