WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (February 8, 2021) – The Palm Beach and Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross recognizes Jonathan Price with a Lifesaving Award for using Red Cross training and skills to save the lives of three individuals.
On May 23, 2020 Price, who is trained in American Red Cross Lifeguarding with CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and First Aid, helped to save the lives of three individuals who capsized at the Ocean Inlet Park in Ocean Ridge, Fla. Price was on-duty at the time as the lifeguard. He had noticed a boat in the distance that appeared to be in distress. Another smaller vessel arrived and tried to assist but the boat capsized taking all the passengers into the water. Price activated the Emergency Action Plan and entered the water. He went to the capsized boat and aided the three individuals by ensuring all three stayed above water until they were able to be extracted by ocean rescue. Another vessel arrived on scene and continued to provide care to the three individuals.
Without a doubt, the skills Price learned in the American Red Cross Training Services course helped to save these three lives.
For his heroic actions, Price has been awarded the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit. This 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 Training 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.
Price was awarded the Certificate of Merit during a virtual ceremony among Red Cross staff and volunteers.
“Jonathan is a true hero. His quick and decisive action during a crisis, takes the highest level of courage,” said Jennifer Durrant, executive director of the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast Chapter. “It’s our hope that his bravery inspires others to get trained in skills that save lives.”
Take a First Aid and CPR Course online to learn what to do in case emergency help is delayed.
A variety of online, blended (online and in-person skills session), and classroom courses are also available. To learn more and get started, visit redcross.org/takeaclass.
If you know of a local hero in your community or a group of individuals who used Red Cross skills or training to save or sustain a life, you can nominate them at LifesavingAwards.org.
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/southflorida or visit us on Facebook or Twitter at @SFLRedCross.