It’s National CPR/AED Awareness Week and the American Red Cross is taking this time to encourage the public to gain the skills and confidence needed to act in an emergency to save lives.
Life-threatening emergencies can occur at any time and any place and it’s important that we have the knowledge and skills to take action in times of emergency. Just last week, the Hawaii Red Cross recently honored four lifeguards from Manoa Pool, who were able to act swiftly and confidently thanks to their Red Cross CPR/AED skills to save a life.
Manoa Pool lifeguards Melanie Tsuruda, Crystal Tamura, Kaysha Izumoto, and Shanda Lee received the The American Red Cross Lifesaving Award for the Professional Responder for their lifesaving efforts that occurred on February 19, 2014. As a team, the lifeguards responded to a pool patron who appeared to be suffering from sudden-cardiac arrest symptoms. The guards consequently administered CPR and an Automated External Defibulator (AED) device, averting what could have been a tragic event.
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. Their actions exemplified the highest degree of concern of one human being for another who is in distress and reminds us of the importance of being prepared with lifesaving skills like First Aid, CPR and the use of an AED.
The Hawaii Red Cross provides lifesaving training to thousands of local residents each year in numerous topic areas including First Aid/CPR/AED and Babysitting. Visit the redcross.org/hawaii to register for a local training or certification class.