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St. Louis Area Red Cross Celebrates 2014 Lifesavers of the Year

St. Louis Red Cross, Lifesavers Awards Marquee News Photo

On Thursday, March 13, the St. Louis Area Red Cross honored local lifesavers in 10 categories during the 3rd annual Lifesaver Awards Breakfast at The Chase Park Plaza.

Nearly one-dozen corporations served as primary sponsors of the event. AAA, Anheuser-Busch, Emerson, KSDK and US Bank served as primary sponsors of the event. Other major sponsors included American Direct, Ascension, BP, Drury Hotels, Ekon Benefits, and Veterans Home Care. Kay Quinn of KSDK Newschannel 5 and Kevin Demoff of the St. Louis Rams served as emcees of the event.

This year, the American Red Cross honored the following individuals and groups for their courageous actions in saving the life of another. To view each of these amazing stories, please visit the St. Louis Red Cross YouTube channel. To read the event program Click Here.

Blood Services Award, Warren County, MO

Honorees: The Hellebusch Family

The Hellebusch tradition of donating blood began with the family patriarch, Herbert Hellebusch, who donated more than 100 units of blood during his lifetime. Several members of the Hellebusch family continue to regularly donate blood and blood products. The family has saved the lives of countless others by donating more than 200 gallons of blood or blood products to date.

Disaster Relief Award, St. Louis County, MO

Honorees: Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS) Varsity football team

More than 60 players spent one of their last days of summer vacation assisting with flood relief efforts in a Waynesville, Missouri. The student athletes cleaned up a neighborhood park, removed debris, and helped to right a house.

Firefighter Award, Madison County, IL

Honoree: Steve Slemer

Driving home one evening, Glen Carbon volunteer firefighter Steve Slemer came upon an overturned vehicle in a ditch, with the driver trapped inside. The water was quickly rising and at one point the driver’s face was fully submerged. But with the assistance of other bystanders, Slemer was able to get the driver’s head above the water and free him from the trapped car.

Good Samaritan Adult Award, Effingham County, IL

Honoree: Tony McWhorter

One fall day, while loading grain at Kent Elmore’s family farm, an auger accident severed part of Elmore’s leg. McWhorter immediately called for help and provided Elmore with lifesaving first aid.

Good Samaritan Youth Award, Jefferson County, MO

Honorees: Korde Rosa and Jarrid Hamilton

On their way to golf practice, the two Northwest High School seniors came upon a man who was trapped underneath a flatbed trailer. Rosa retrieved a car jack from his vehicle and he and Hamilton quickly went to work freeing the man. Thanks to the boys’ quick and selfless thinking, the man was escaped the life-threatening accident with no serious injury.

Healthcare Professional Award, St. Louis County, MO

Honoree: Rachel Solomon

It was a dark and stormy morning when Rachel Solomon heard an accident near Clayton Road and Big Bend Boulevard in St. Louis County. The young driver involved, Daisy Hudspeth, was severely hurt and bleeding at the wheel. With no regard for her own safety, Solomon rushed to the young girl’s aid to pull her from the smoking vehicle and provide immediate care until emergency personnel arrived.

Law Enforcement Award, St. Charles County, MO

Honoree: Detective Bret Carbray

While driving home from an out of town baseball tournament with his wife and children, Detective Carbray noticed an undamaged vehicle stopped in the median in Pulaski County, and a man slumped over the steering wheel. The detective immediately pulled over to help the unconscious man. He pulled him from the vehicle and performed CPR for nearly 15 minutes until paramedics arrived.

Lifesaving Organization Award, St. Louis County, MO

Honoree: Schnucks

When a shopper collapsed at a Schnucks grocery store in Jefferson County, the well-trained employees took immediate and lifesaving action. Two employees began administering first aid while additional teammates assisted and retrieved an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The group, using their Red Cross training and the store’s AED, administered a shock and worked with emergency responders to continue care.

Military Award, St. Louis County, MO

Honoree: Lieutenant Colonel Dan Reece

After noticing a large plume of smoke coming from a South St. Louis County apartment building, Lieutenant Colonel Dan Reece quickly responded to the emergency. As the first on the scene, Reece coordinated efforts to call for help and rescue the residents still trapped inside. Reece, along with other first responders, entered the burning building and saved a woman who was sleeping in her apartment.

Water Safety Award, Jersey County, IL

Honorees: Kali DeSherlia, Brody Hagen, Sydney Brangenberg

It was a typical summer day at Donor Pool in Jerseyville, Illinois, when Kali DeSherlia, Brody Hagen, and Sydney Brangenberg—all veteran lifeguards—pulled an unresponsive 4-year-old boy from the bottom of the pool. The lifeguards immediately began working together to call 911 and begin CPR. Thanks to their training and fast action, the boy was breathing and stable by the time paramedics arrived.