The American Red Cross will honor Davisville Pier Master Skip Buxton with the Lifesaving Hero Award during the Fourth Annual Rhode Island Heroes Breakfast Friday, October 23.
Buxton, a retired lieutenant with the state police and current pier master at the Davisville Port, jumped into action when he realized longshoreman Lamont Valles (Monte) had suffered a heart attack and crashed his car. When Skip got to the scene, Monte was unconscious, not breathing and had no pulse. Relying on his training and tips he learned by taking a refresher course, Skip, using CPR and an AED, was successfully able to resuscitate Monte. By the time the North Kingstown Rescue arrived he had regained consciousness and was talking.
“Skip Buxton’s quick thinking and training in CPR and AED helped to make him a hero that day,” said Tempie Thompson, executive director, American Red Cross Rhode Island. “Skip’s story really underscores the importance of knowing what to do in emergency situations and answering the call to help, you never know when you may be able to actually help save a life.”
Buxton, along with other local heroes will be honored at the Fourth Annual Rhode Island Heroes Breakfast Friday, October 23 at the Omni Providence Hotel, located at 1 West Exchange Street in Providence. The presenting sponsor at the event is Webster Bank. Other sponsors include Marcum, Amica Insurance, and Bank of America. Registration for this event and breakfast will be served starting at 7:30 AM. Tickets for the event must be purchased in advance and will be $40 each. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit http://www.redcross.org/ri/heroes or contact Melissa Fazzio at Melissa.Fazzio@redcross.org.
About the American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter:
The first Red Cross office in Rhode Island opened in 1916. The Rhode Island Chapter serves all 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island, as well as Seekonk, Massachusetts. 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, visit www.redcross.org/ri or visit us on Twitter @RIRedCross.