On February 11, 2014, employees John Ayers, Colin Keller, Gary Morrison and Michael Smith used American Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR/AED training to help save the life of a co-worker at American Salt Mine in Mount Morris, NY. At a ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of their heroic actions, the Red Cross presented Keller, Morrison and Smith Certificates of Merit, signed by President Obama, while Ayers received a Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action.
“It is an honor for us to recognize these four men for their life-saving efforts,” said Rosie Taravella, American Red Cross, Western and Central NY Region CEO. “Emergencies can happen anywhere without warning, and we are so thankful that a man is alive today because American Rock Salt made Red Cross training available to their employees.”
“We are so proud of John, Colin, Gary and Michael,” said Greg Norris, American Rock Salt Plant Manager. “The safety of our employees is always a primary concern of everyone at this company, and offering CPR/AED training literally proved life-saving.”
On February 11, 2014, an employee at American Salt Mine told co-workers he was experience chest pain. Gary Morrison helped him into the lunch room and went to get the EMT on duty while Colin Keller called 911. Morrison and the EMT returned and noticed the gentleman slumped over and unconscious. An alert was made requesting help. Michael Smith and John Ayers arrived with an Artificial External Defibrillator (AED). The team immediately checked for signs of life, turned on the AED and applied the pads. The AED advised to shock. After delivering a shock, they resumed CPR. After a couple of cycles of CPR, their co-worker regained consciousness and began to breath. EMS then arrived and continued to provide care.
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 bears the signature of the President of the United States, who is the honorary chairman of the American Red Cross, and the signature of the chairman of the American Red Cross.
The Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action is awarded to individuals who save or sustain a life by action that exemplifies the mission of Preparedness and Health and Safety Services. Red Cross training is not required.
The American Red Cross offers a wide variety of Health and Safety classes that meet the needs of the general public, workplaces, schools and organizations. For more information, visit www.redcross.org/take-a-class or call 1-800-REDCROSS.