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Carroll County Heroes Receive Lifesaving Award from Red Cross of Central Maryland

Five Carroll County lifeguards were given one of the American Red Cross’s highest honors yesterday for saving a life last summer at the Westminster Municipal Pool. Jeff Giles, Ryan Miller, Timothy Hall, Justin Geho and Melissa Steinberg were given the Lifesaving Award for the Professional Responder from the American Red Cross of Central Maryland for their use of skills. All were trained through local Red Cross Health and Safety Services courses. (Photos attached)

After being alerted that Jan M. Nerenberg had become unresponsive upon exiting the pool on August 7, 2010, Giles, Miller, Hall, Geho and Steinberg sprang into action. The awardees activated an Emergency Action Plan, called 9-1-1, administered rescuer breaths and compressions and used an AED until the victim became conscious and EMS took over.

The American Red Cross Lifesaving Award for the Professional Responder is one of the highest awards given by the Red Cross to an individual or team of individuals who saves or sustains a life by using skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Health and Safety Services course. The certificate they received bears the signature of the President and CEO of the American Red Cross. Their actions exemplified the highest degree of concern of one human being for another who is in distress.

In 2005, there were 172 emergency department visits, 39 hospitalizations and 77 deaths related to drowning-related injuries in Maryland. To register for an American Red Cross water safety class in Carroll County visit

The American Red Cross of Central Maryland shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides lifesaving blood to area hospitals; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit or Tweet us at