MIAMI (July 9, 2020) – Yesterday, the Greater Miami & The Keys Chapter of the American Red Cross recognized Daniel Tablada, a United Property Management Employee, with a Lifesaving Award for using Red Cross training and skills to save a child’s life.
A year ago, on June 1, Tablada was attending a birthday party with family and friends at the CB Smith Waterpark in Pembroke Pines, Fla., when he witnessed a small child in the group choking. The group had just sat down to eat lunch, and Tablada noticed the child was visibly in distress and could not breathe. Acting quickly, Tablada stood up from his chair and went behind the child. He tilted the child forward and began to administer back blows until the food was dislodged from the child’s airways and the child was able to breathe again.
Due to Tablada’s swift action and knowledge acquired from lifesaving training, he saved the child’s life.
For this heroic act, he was awarded the Certificate of Merit during a virtual ceremony among Red Cross staff and volunteers, colleagues, and community members.
The Certificate of Merit is the highest recognition given by the Red Cross for using skills and knowledge taught by the Red Cross to save a life. This certificate bears the signatures of the Chairman of the Red Cross and the President of the United States, its Honorary Chairman.
“We are proud to honor Daniel for his heroic actions. We hope that his story will inspire others to learn these lifesaving skills,” said Deborah Koch, executive director for the Chapter. “We need more heroes in the community who are trained and ready to act. This is an invitation for others to become certified and help us keep the community safe.”
“I find that First Aid/CPR/AED training should be universal. At United Property Management, we do our part by making sure that our team members are certified to act in case of a medical emergency,” said Ana VeigaMilton, President of the José Milton Foundation and chapter board member. “We hold onsite Red Cross classes in hopes that our team members take that knowledge and confidence to their workplace and into the community. Whether a medical situation presents itself at work, a colleague or client, or outside of work, a family member or someone in the community, our team members like Daniel are prepared to react and help save lives. Red Cross training works!”
Red Cross training gives people the knowledge and skills to act in an emergency and save a life. In 2017, Tablada became certified in Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, along with other colleagues from United Property Management, never to imagine his lifesaving training would help him save a life two years later.
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.
People can go to LifesavingAwards.org to nominate and recognize an individual or group of individuals who have used the skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Training Services course to help save or sustain a life.
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.