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Minnesota Red Cross recognizes Brainerd women for saving runner's life

Melissa Goble (left) and Kim Hartung of Brainerd gain recognition as Good Samaritan Heroes. Submitted photo1 / 3
Melissa Goble (left) of Brainerd stands with Kurt Niederloh of Hastings and Kim Hartung of Brainerd. Goble and Hartung helped Niederloh when he was in cardiac arrest during the Run for the Lakes event in Nisswa in 2018. Submitted photo2 / 3
Kim Hartung (left) and Melissa Goble of Brainerd were recognized as heroes after helping a man in cardiac arrest. Submitted photo3 / 3

Melissa Goble and Kim Hartung of Brainerd were recognized Friday, May 3, as two of nine Good Samaritan Heroes by the Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross.

Sponsored by CenterPoint Energy, the award recognizes the women's health care nurse practitioner and the registered nurse, respectively, who helped a man in cardiac arrest.

Kurt Niederloh didn't finish the 11th annual Run for the Lakes in Nisswa in 2018. The 53-year-old from Hastings almost died during the Brainerd Jaycees event.

Goble and Hartung were running in last year's event and helped revive him after he collapsed — and ran with him again in the same event April 27.

The Cross Good Samaritan Hero Award is presented to an individual(s) who displayed courage and compassion upon encountering an unusual, significant or unexpected incident.

To watch a video of the women who performed CPR on Niederloh and helped save his life, visit