Marysville Parent Has Emotional Reunion With First Responders

Bonnie Johnson - Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Marysville Parent Has Emotional Reunion With First Responders

Marysville Mother Reunited with First Responders

Nyabuony “Nya” Palek was reunited with the first responders who are credited with saving the life of her son during an emotional rewards ceremony held last week at the Marysville Fire District Board of Directors meeting.

Nearing midnight on April 8 of this year, Nya heard a loud noise from her eighteen year old sons bedroom. Her son, William Jallang, had collapsed on the floor in cardiac arrest. Upon finding him unresponsive, Nya called 911.

Nya is a nurse by trade, but said that in the moment, her skills fled her. “My skills as a nurse left me that night. I was just a mother.”

Nya herself was also up for a Phoenix Award; even through her panic, she was coached through CPR by 911 dispatcher John Chenoweth before the first responders were able to arrive. Marysville Police and Fire Fighters, as well as Getchell FD 22 arrived on scene, transported her son to an open area in order to provide additional lifesaving treatment. Afterwards he was moved to a hospital and is reported to be fully recovered.

“You saved my boy. It was not me, it was you,” Nya said during the awards presentation.

From the Marysville FD press release, Marysville Fire Chief Martin McFalls also presented awards to:

Snohomish County 911 Dispatcher John Chenoweth

Marysville Firefighter/Paramedic Hunter Day

Marysville Firefighter/Paramedic Trevor Trueax

Marysville Battalion Chief Aaron Soper

Marysville Captain Basil Bailey

Marysville Firefighter Susan Carver

Marysville Firefighter Mikael Fox-Ramey

Getchell Firefighter Evan Smith

Getchell Firefighter Nicholas Lathrop

Getchell Firefighter Costas Thomkins-Zweekhorst

Marysville Police Sergeant Peter Shove

Marysville Police Officer Franklin Nelson

Additionally, the Marysville Fire District also swore in two fulltime firefighters.


Tyler Goarck previously served eight years as a volunteer Getchell firefighter. Goarck grew up in Edmonds and graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in Business Administration.


Firefighter Kyle Eisele joins the Marysville Fire District after serving in Kittitas County Fire District 7. Eisele and his wife are expecting a baby any day.



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