Two individuals are dead after emergency personnel responded to a medical event last evening on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Mille Lacs County Sheriff Don Lorge stated that an ambulance, Mille Lacs County deputies and the Isle Fire Department were dispatched to the 3200 block of Vista Road in Eastside Township, Isle, at approximately 10:39 p.m., regarding a patient that was unresponsive with a possible heart attack.

According to a press release from the Mille Lacs Sheriff’s Office, once on scene, deputies and EMS personnel began to administer life saving measures to an unresponsive adult male. The adult male was pronounced deceased at the scene and has been identified as Warren Robert Otis, age 59, of Isle, Minn.

One of the paramedics on scene assisting with this medical call, identified as Toby Lee Rowan, age 47, of Fifty Lakes, Minn., began to feel weak and dizzy. Paramedic Rowan collapsed while on the scene and became unresponsive and the deputies, firefighters and other EMS personnel

attempted life saving measures on Paramedic Rowan. He was transported to Mille Lacs Health System Emergency Room in Onamia where he was later pronounced deceased.

Paramedic Rowan worked for Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Ambulance as well as Mille Lacs Health System EMS and was on duty for Mille Lacs Health System at the time of this incident.

Mille Lacs Health System released the following statement:

“It is with great sadness that Mille Lacs Health System announces the death of paramedic Toby Rowan. The beloved friend and coworker passed away the night of Jan. 6.”

Toby had been a part of the MLHS EMS team since February 10, 2020. He also worked at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center EMS Service.

“His dedication and passion to EMS made him an amazing colleague, partner and care provider,” said Bill Nelson, MLHS CEO. “The team will greatly miss Toby and his calm, professional demeanor. He will forever be remembered at Mille Lacs Health System.”

An Honor Guard procession through Mille Lacs County from the medical examiner’s office in the Twin Cities to Crosby took place on Jan. 7.

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