American Red Cross training can give you the knowledge and skills to act in the moments that matter and save a life.
Just ask Sasha Welch-Moore, who performed CPR to help save a man at her local gym after he stopped breathing.
“I’ve always played in my head what would happen if I actually had to use the skills that I know,” she said. “I honestly hoped I would never have to do that…but I’m thankful I had that strength and courage to move forward.”
Sasha knows the pain of losing a loved one to a medical emergency since her father died of a heart attack years earlier. Thinking of him, she said she wanted to do everything she could to help the man at the gym.
“Everybody has something to live for,” she added. “I felt like I owed it to him and maybe his kids or his wife to give it all I got and just to keep going. So that’s what I did, and I feel like that’s what carried me through that situation.”
To recognize Sasha’s lifesaving efforts, the Red Cross presented her with a Certificate of Merit — the highest lifesaving award from the organization.
ASK THE EXPERTS Join us for an upcoming Facebook and LinkedIn Live on March 30 at 2 p.m. ET to learn how you can help during emergencies. Dr. Levy from the Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and Dr. Kang from the American Association of Emergency Physicians will answer questions and share the importance of bystander engagement and tips to help you respond in emergencies.
TAKE A CLASS A variety of online, in-person and blended courses are available, including our new Until Help Arrives online course. If you are taking a course to fulfill a job requirement, check with your employer so you know exactly which course you need.
DOWNLOAD OUR APP Download the free Red Cross First Aid app for instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies, including how to perform CPR and use an AED. Those with Alexa-enabled devices can also activate the Red Cross First Aid skill.
NOMINATE A HERO If you know someone who has helped save or sustain a life, you can nominate them for a national lifesaving award.