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Monarch Casino Resort Spa employees honored by City of Black Hawk for saving man’s life

Monarch Casino Resort Spa employees honored by City of Black Hawk for saving man’s life

Quick-thinking teamwork led to a positive outcome for Monarch Casino guest stricken with a heart attack

Three employees and a patron of Monarch Casino Resort Spa received Citizen Lifesaving Awards from the City of Black Hawk today. The honorees stepped in to help save the life of a patron who went into cardiac arrest at the casino in late December.

Monarch Casino team members Molly Councilman, Craig Ambright, Dennis Quirk and casino patron Terry Swearingen were all recognized in today’s award ceremony.

The Monarch Casino team and guest swung into action when a man had a heart attack and stopped breathing, performing life-saving CPR until the City of Black Hawk Police Department arrived on scene to take over. The victim was taken to the hospital where he received treatment and has made a full recovery.

“Everyone knew their role and exactly how to react during this emergency,” said Monarch Casino Resort Spa General Manager Craig Pleva. “This is an example of why we take our training so seriously. These Team Members are an inspiration for us all,” Pleva added.

Monarch Casino Resort Spa is proud of its team environment, from the gaming floor staff to the security team, kitchen and hospitality staff, all the way to the executive level. Many team members have been with Monarch for years, working their way up the ladder to leadership positions throughout the company. If you would like to be a part of the Monarch Casino team, you can visit for more information.

Jordan Sherman M&C Communications | On behalf of Monarch Casino Resort Spa


About Monarch Casino Resort Spa

Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. acquired the Monarch Casino Black Hawk, the first casino encountered by visitors arriving from Denver on Highway 119, in April 2012. The first phase of the property’s expansion occurred in November 2020, including the opening of the first 8 floors of a brand new 23-story hotel tower, featuring 200 hotel rooms. The expansion now pushes Monarch’s casino space over 60,000 square feet, featuring over 900 slot machines, table games (temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions), a 350 seat buffet-style restaurant, a 24-hour restaurant, grab and go coffee stand, 5,000 square feet of conference space and a parking structure with approximately 1,350 parking spaces. Once completed, the Monarch Casino Resort Spa expansion will include a 23-story hotel tower with 516 guest rooms and suites, an upscale spa and pool facility, five total restaurants, additional bars and associated support facilities.

About Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc.

Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRI), was incorporated in 1993 and through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns and operates the four diamond Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada, and the Monarch Casino Black Hawk (formerly the Riviera Black Hawk Casino) in Black Hawk, Colorado, approximately 40 miles west of Denver. For additional information, visit

Monarch Casino Resort Spa
488 Main Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422