Six Honeywell employees were presented with lifesaving awards from the American Red Cross on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. The group used skills learned in a Red Cross CPR class to save the life of George Hickman, a co-worker from Bucyrus, Kan., who was in cardiac arrest.
“It is quite humbling standing here in front of these six gentlemen that gave me a second chance at life,” Hickman said. “I’d like to thank them for paying attention in CPR and AED training,” he chuckled.
On Monday, July 2, 2012, Hickman was sitting at his work station at Honeywell in Kansas City, Mo. when he suffered cardiac arrest. Two co-workers immediately began CPR while another called the plant emergency number. Security officers arrived with an automatic external defibrillator. Hickman received a life-saving shock from the AED, regained a pulse, and began breathing again. Another co-worker administered oxygen before paramedics arrived to take over care and transport Hickman to the hospital. Hickman underwent emergency surgery and has now returned to work.
The Certificate of Merit is the highest award given by the American Red Cross. It bears the signature of the President of the United States. It is a national-level award recognizing community members who save or sustain a life using skills learned in Red Cross training. Honorees also received a medal of honor that bears the Red Cross logo and the words, “Lifesaving Award of Merit.” Those receiving the Certificate of Merit include Ray Mackay of Peculiar, Mo., Arlis Graves of Independence, Mo. and Phillip Ketchum of Lexington, Mo.
The Red Cross Lifesaving Award for the Professional Responder is the second-highest award given by the American Red Cross and is signed by Gail McGovern, the national president and CEO of the Red Cross. It is also signed by the chairman of the board. It is a national-level award recognizing professional responders who save or sustain a life using skills learned in Red Cross training. Those presented with the Lifesaving Award for the Professional Repsonder include John Pangelinan of Independence, Mo., Brian Boyd of Peculiar, Mo. and Charles Wheeler of Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Last year, the Kansas City region of the American Red Cross trained about 138,000 people in lifesaving programs such as First Aid/CPR/AED, aquatics, and babysitting classes.
The lives of three Honeywell employees have been saved as a result of Red Cross First Aid and CPR. In addition to the 2012 incident being recognized by this award, lives were also saved in 2002 and 2008.
“There’s one thing I can share with everybody here. Take every day as a blessing because it truly is,” Hickman said. “It can end in a heartbeat.”
People may enroll in a Red Cross CPR class near them by visiting redcross.org/kansascity.