GRAND JUNCTION, CO, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014—Halliburton employees Dan Malone and Don Walker have been presented with the American Red Cross National Certificate of Merit, the highest lifesaving award given by the Red Cross, for using CPR to save the life of a colleague.
The Red Cross Certificate of Merit is given to an individual(s) who voluntarily uses his/her skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross health and safety course to save or sustain a life. The award bears the signature of the President of the United States.
Malone and Walker were recognized for their lifesaving action during a workday Oct. 9, 2013, at a staging area some distance from a Halliburton oil-drilling wellsite northeast of Greeley, Colorado. Malone’s radio came alive with the urgent voice of a colleague at the wellsite: worker Mathew Enriquez had collapsed and wasn’t breathing.
Malone raised the alarm and drove to the wellsite in his truck. By the time he arrived, fellow employee Walker was kneeling over Enriquez, talking to him and trying to bring him around.
Malone heard a heartbeat but could detect no pulse at his wrist. “I knew that meant he was in fibrillation – having a heart attack,” Malone told the Halliburton employee newsletter later. “He was turning blue with his eyes rolled back.”
While employees supported Enriquez’s head and elevated his feet, Malone started chest compressions and Walker administered rescue breathing. Though Enriquez drew a ragged breath from time to time, he was unable to sustain it and his pulse remained weak. Malone and Walker kept the CPR going until an ambulance made it out to the wellsite 50 minutes later. Enriquez was transported by helicopter to the nearest hospital, and survived
“Medical emergencies arrive when and where they want whether it’s miles or minutes from the nearest hospital,” said Eric Myers, executive director of the Red Cross of Western Colorado, at the award presentation Sept. 25. “Thanks to their Red Cross CPR training, these two heroes were willing and able to keep Matt alive for the 50 minutes it took for help to reach the Greeley wellsite.”
Being prepared for emergencies in the workplace is always good policy – but as Malone and Walker proved – even more so when professional medical assistance may not be near at hand. The Red Cross Western Colorado Chapter trains nearly 2,000 people a year in lifesaving skills such as CPR and First Aid. Myers urged residents to learn CPR and First aid: “Don’t wait until after an emergency to learn these vital lifesaving skills. The life you save may be that of a friend of family member.”
The Red Cross offers courses in not only First Aid but also adult and infant CPR to help bystanders respond to emergencies. Workplace safety training, which includes CPR and First Aid, is also available to local businesses and their employees to help them recognize and respond to emergencies in the workplace. Courses can be found at http://www.redcross.org/classes.