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Son of Longtime Red Cross Volunteer Receives Certificate of Merit

Red Cross Tippecanoe Certificate of Merit
The Certificate of Merit is the highest award given by the American 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.

Tippecanoe County Chapter Executive Bob Wollenburg presented Monticello Assistant Fire Chief Bob Hickman with the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit at the Monticello Fire Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 11.

The Certificate of Merit is the highest award given by the American 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. The certificate is signed by the President of the United States, who is the honorary chairman of the American Red Cross, and the Chairman of the American Red Cross. The award package also includes a citation, medallion and lapel pin.

Hickman was honored for reviving and sustaining the life of Denny Daetwiler, who was unconscious and unresponsive when he arrived on the scene. Hickman was off duty at his parents’ house when he heard and responded to the call. He continued CPR until the paramedics arrived and transported Daetwiler to the hospital. Daetwiler survived thanks to Hickman’s immediate action. Hickman is the son of longtime Red Cross volunteer Judy Hickman.

The ceremony was delayed for over an hour because the fire department was called out for a structure fire just prior to the event. (As you can see in the photo, Hickman has soot on this face.)

Pictured left to right are: Charlie Hickman, Judy Hickman, Bob Hickman, Justine Daetwiler, wife of Denny Daetwiler, who was ill and unable to attend the event.