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Emergency personnel too often begin a case by helping a patient, only to suddenly have that patient transform into an attacker. And too often those personnel continue to try to help their “patient,” never reporting the attack.

Reedsburg emergency personnel are no exception.

“It’s unreported and underreported,” said Josh Kowalke, director of Reedsburg Ambulance. “We don’t report it. It’s our culture.”

In order to change that culture, Kowalke arranged for Kip Teitsort, founder of DT4EMS, to come to Reedsburg to teach EVE – Escape Violent Encounters. Teitsort trains emergency personnel to quit thinking of their patient as a patient the second the person attacks them – and to start thinking of that person as an attacker instead.

Julie Belschner can be reached at jbelschner@capitalnewspapers.com or 608-495-0276