American Red Cross Awards Poughkeepsie Teen with Top Honor

Ashlynn Mohan
“Ashlynn is the type of girl that would do anything for anybody in a time of need,” said Mark Mohan, Ashlynn’s Father.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (November 27, 2013) The American Red Cross presented Ashlynn Mohan with the American Red Cross Health & Safety Services Lifesaving Award-Certificate of Merit on Wednesday. The award is presented to an individual who has performed life- saving skills learned through the Red Cross.

“I am so proud of Ashlynn for having the courage to step up and take charge in such a scary situation,” said Darryl Lafferty, American Red Cross Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter Executive. “The world is a better place because of humanitarians like Ashlynn.”

The Poughkeepsie teen administered CPR on Mr. Alvin Hart after he passed out in a parking lot of a local doctor’s office. Ashlynn, having been Red Cross CPR certified, was able to resuscitate Mr. Hart long enough to get him to Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Unfortunately, he passed away a few days later. The Hart family was grateful they were able to spend time with him before his passing, thanks to Ashlynn’s actions.

“Every day ordinary people make extraordinary contributions by putting their needs aside to help others in times of crisis,” said Rob Rolison, Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature. “I am honored to join in saluting Ashlynn Mohan for her selfless act of courage and heroism. She exhibited genuine concern for mankind in an emergency situation. Her actions led to saving a life and for that she has earned the admiration and esteem of our community.”

Ashlynn was trained by American Red Cross Instructor Mary Fredrickson back in May 2011. Ashlynn attended and received certification for the Waterfront Lifeguarding/First Aid and CPR/AED class.

Lafferty said, “Learning life-saving skills such as CPR is so important. You never know when you will be called upon to save the life of a loved one, or even the life of a complete stranger. It’s the type of thing you hope you never have to do, but glad you have the skills when they are needed.”

Nominated by her father, 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.

“Ashlynn is the type of girl that would do anything for anybody in a time of need,” said Mark Mohan, Ashlynn’s Father. “She is a person of great character and when the situation arose, she took control and lent a helping hand, which makes me proud to call her my daughter.”

The certificate is signed by the President of the United States, as well as the Chairman of the American Red Cross. The award package also includes a citation, medallion and lapel pin.