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In an emergency, it’s most often regular people that are the ‘first responders.

As some New Yorkers will attest to today, you never know when your first aid skills will be called into action.

After a taxi struck a woman on the sidewalk on Tuesday, passersby quickly responded, bandaging the woman’s leg to stop the bleeding. The celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz was also on the scene to help before rescue personnel rushed her to the hospital.

In an emergency, it’s most often regular people that are the “first responders.” Every year the American Red Cross hears many of their stories, such as those of Lindsey Nies, Linda Jones and Chris McGill.

A Lifesaving Friend

Lindsey Nies was just back to school after being out for a concussion she sustained during a basketball game. She was eating lunch with some friends when one of the girls started choking. Her friends asked, “Are you ok? Are you ok?” But the girl began to turn red and was no longer able to respond or cough.

Although still a high school student in Patrobe, Penn., at the time, Nies was already a certified instructor of CPR and First Aid. She earned her certification through the American Red Cross a couple years earlier.

Nies stepped in and administered five back blows, which was enough to dislodge the object. Because of her quick actions, her friend did not need medical attention.

“I was actually really scared because she’s one of my best friends,” Nies recalled. “If I wouldn’t have been able to save her, that would have killed me—but everything’s ok!”

Coming to a Colleague’s Rescue

Paul Nackers arrived at work at Caterpillar in East Peoria, Ill. Within minutes of getting to his desk, he suffered a heart attack and went into cardiac arrest. Luckily, his colleagues knew what to do and rushed to his side.

One co-worker, Linda Jones, began rescue breaths while another employee performed chest compressions. Meanwhile, another Caterpillar employee, Chris McGill, was leaving the building when someone stopped him and asked if he could assist in the rescue.

Someone brought an AED to the scene, and after applying the pads to Nackers’s chest, McGill administered two shocks. Emergency personnel arrived and took over, and Nackers was taken to the hospital, a fortunate survivor.

Both Linda Jones and Chris McGill were trained in American Red Cross CPR/AED. McGill is also a Red Cross instructor in First Aid, CPR and AED.

Red Cross training can give you the lifesaving skills and confidence to respond in an emergency. A variety of online and in-class courses are available — get trained today!

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.