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Pleasantville, Iowa Man Uses Skills Learned in Red Cross Class to Save Granddaughter's Life

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“The class gave me the necessary skills and ability to stay calm when I needed to be calm.”

Recently, 22 team members took a four hour American Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid course offered at Pella Corporation. One of the students was Maintenance Tech Scott Gray. “I took the course thinking it might be nice to know what to do in the case of an emergency,” Gray said. A few weeks later, Gray would use the skills he learned to save the life of his two-year-old granddaughter, Izabella.

After a long day at Adventureland in Des Moines, Gray’s family was relaxing at home when little Izabella started choking. Using a technique learned in class, Gray came to the rescue and dislodged a tiny sunflower seed from her throat.  The precocious two-year-old had gotten into a bag of sunflower seeds when no one was looking. 

“That was the best $27 I’ve ever spent," Gray said. “The class gave me the necessary skills and ability to stay calm when I needed to be calm.” 

Pella Corporation team members Ron Wyatt and Brad DeJong teach the Red Cross course. Both are EMTs, members of the Pella Corporation Emergency Brigade and certified Red Cross Instructors. “It’s rewarding to know the training worked and to see a student succeed in a situation like that,” Wyatt said. 

The CPR/AED and First Aid course provides students with the skills necessary to provide lifesaving assistance for a person during an emergency. Students learn how to recognize and care for a variety of first aid situations and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies until more advanced medical personnel can take over