|Chamber honors local hero and volunteer groups posted on 01/01/2019|
Two weeks after a female jogger suffered a severe heart
attack while running a marathon on Mount Hood, she was able to attend her son’s
wedding thanks to the heroic efforts of Rhododendron citizen Lynn Miskowicz.
The Mount Hood Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a festive
breakfast on Dec. 4, 2018 to present an award honoring community member
Miskowicz for her role in saving the life of the woman during the REVEL Mount
Hood marathon and applaud local volunteer organizations for their work in the
The seventh annual breakfast was held at the Mt. Hood Oregon
Resort where the Clackamas County Commissioners attended and served food to the
“We feel volunteers need to be encouraged and recognized,”
said chamber vice president Coni Scott after the event. “It’s important to
acknowledge the contributions these organizations make in the community.”
Hoodland Fire District Fire Chief John Ingrao presented a
plaque to Miskowicz acknowledging her heroic life-saving actions.
Miskowicz was volunteering at the REVEL marathon on July 28,
a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, when a woman suffered a heart attack while
running near the Barlow Trail hydration station. Miskowicz was on the scene
when the woman fell, called 911 and performed CPR for 22 minutes before a
Clackamas County Deputy arrived with a defibrillator and resuscitated the
“This was a special award. She saved a woman’s life,” Scott
Miskowicz has worked in health care for 30 years and began
her career as a registered respiratory therapist at Providence Saint Vincent.
She first got her CPR card in high school and has kept it active for 30 years.
“It’s a great honor,” Miskowicz said about the recognition,
but credited her years of training for preparing her. “I hope this makes more
people go out and learn CPR and have the basic knowledge to use if they are in
a similar situation.”
Clackamas County Commissioner Jim Bernard introduced the 30
community volunteer organizations being recognized by the breakfast. The
organizations then thanked all the community member volunteers who made their
“It’s a positive event and everyone enjoys coming,” Scott
The annual breakfast was sponsored by Clackamas County Bank
and was also made possible by the support of the Mt. Hood Oregon Resort and 40
donations from 16 local organizations.
The volunteer organizations honored at the breakfast were
Antfarm, Boy Scouts of America, Clackamas Dogs Foundation, Clackamas Women’s
Services, Friends of Hoodland Library, Friends of Timberline, Hoodland C.E.R.T.
Community Emergency Response Team, Hoodland Community Christmas Basket, Hoodland
Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Hoodland Fire District Volunteer Support,
Hoodland Rural Fire Protection District #74, Hoodland Senior Center, Hoodland
Women’s Club, Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum, Mt. Hood Golf Club, Mt.
Hood Hospice, Mt. Hood Kiwanis Club, Mt. Hood Learning Center, Mt. Hood Lions
Club, Mt. Hood Oregon Resort, Neighborhood Missions, Oral Hull Foundation for
the Blind, Inc., Rhododendron Community Planning Organization (RCPO), Sandy
Community Action Center, Sandy Historical Society, Inc. & Museum, Spook
Alley, The Villages of Mt. Hood Community Partnership Program Grant (CPP),
Trillium Trails Garden Club, U.S. Forest Service and the Welches Schools.
By Benjamin Simpson/MT