It was a typical Tuesday morning at work for Bobby Hunter and Stanley Stowe (employed by Balfour Beatty Construction Company) and Linda Kennedy (employed by Delhaize America) who happened to be at the right place at the right time.
As Bobby and Stanley were taking their break, they heard something drop behind them. They both turned around to an individual who had collapsed. Immediately they ran to the person, who was still breathing, but making sounds of distress. Stanley called 911, who instructed them to turn the person on their side. Bobby then checked her pulse. During this time, Linda had received an emergency call. She jumped up, grabbed her medical bag, and hurried to the scene. Her training as a volunteer EMT/Firefighter came to reality for the first time. By the time she arrived, the individual had stopped breathing and was blue in the face with no pulse.
They worked together to carefully move the person on their back to begin CPR. Linda started CPR, and Bobby, being CPR certified, assisted Linda throughout. At this time, Stanley took the initiative to barricade the area so there were no distractions. Linda realized she needed to do more than CPR. Bobby took over while Linda and Stanley got the oxygen, blood pressure kit and mask out of the medical bag. Stanley held the oxygen mask while Linda administered 14 leaders of oxygen. With their adrenaline running hard, they could only think about can we save this person’s life.
Rowan EMS arrived on the scene, where Linda, Bobby and Stanley remained heavily involved with saving the individual’s life – using their CPR, First Aid and AED skills. As soon as the individual was in stable condition they transported the patient to the hospital, where the person made a full recovery due to the heroic actions of Bobby, Linda and Stanley.
“Bobby, Stanley and Linda’s actions demonstrate why a fundamental mission of the Red Cross is to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies," said Angela A. Broome, regional chief executive officer, for the American Red Cross Carolina Piedmont Region. “It’s so important to be trained in lifesaving skills because an emergency can happen at any time any place.” Last year, the Carolina Piedmont Region trained over 24,000 people to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Because of their lifesaving success, Broome awarded them the Certificate of Merit, which is the highest award bestowed by the American Red Cross and bears the signature of the President of the United States. It is national-level award recognizing community members who save or sustain a life using skills learned in Red Cross training.
“I can’t think of a more fitting way to recognize these heroes than with this high honor,” said Pat Dean, Carolinas division President for Balfour Beatty Construction. “Their quick reaction and training truly made a difference in a critical situation and changed another person’s life forever.”
In addition to First Aid, AED and CPR, the American Red Cross offers courses such as training for emergency responders, lifeguarding and babysitting. For more information, visit redcross.org/charlotte.
About the American Red Cross:
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, please visit redcross.org/charlotte or visit us on Twitter at @GCCRedCross.