The American Red Cross expanded its training to empower people to act during current-day crises — which is vital considering that nearly half of U.S. adults report being unprepared to respond to a medical emergency. This included launching the new “Until Help Arrives” online training course in 2023 for opioid overdoses, severe bleeding, cardiac arrest and choking emergencies, and partnering with professional sports leagues through the Smart Heart Sports Coalition to help prevent tragedies among student athletes by offering CPR training and increasing access to AEDs.
We honored more than 341 individuals last year with a national Red Cross Lifesaving Award for their heroic efforts to help save more than 171 lives. At a special event in May, the Red Cross praised the actions of the athletic training and medical staff of the Buffalo Bills and recognized them with Lifesaving Awards and Certificates of Merit — the highest honor given to those who use skills learned in a Red Cross course to save a life — for the actions that they took to help Damar Hamlin when he collapsed on the field from cardiac arrest during an NFL football game.
“We will be forever grateful for the Red Cross and the certification training that you do to help people know what to do when an emergency arises,” said Certificate of Merit awardee Nate Breske, head athletic trainer for the Buffalo Bills.
GET TRAINED Register for an online, in-person or blended course, download the free Red Cross First Aid app and activate the First Aid Skill for Alexa-enabled devices so you’ll know what to do during moments that matter.