Last fall, a Catonsville man called on his American
Red Cross training in CPR and advanced first aid
when faced with a devastating traffic accident while performing his duties
with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT).
For his heroic and lifesaving actions, Steven
Stinchcomb today received the American Red Cross Lifesaving Award for
Professional Responders, in a
ceremony during the Central Maryland Red Cross’ Board of Directors meeting. The
American Red Cross Lifesaving Award for Professional Responders is the highest award given to an
individual, or team of individuals, who saves or sustains a life, outside of a
medical setting, as part of their employment or while on duty and had an
obligation to respond, using skills learned in a Red Cross Training Services
“We’re extremely proud of Steven
for displaying the highest degree of concern of one human being for another who
is in distress,” said Central Maryland Red Cross’ Board of Directors Chairman
David Slaughter. “His actions exemplify our mission to help people and respond
to emergencies. He is one of those everyday heroes that are so often
Stinchcomb, of Catonsville, an MDOT emergency
response technician, was trained in American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric
First Aid/CPR/AED, and bloodborne pathogens control. He also recently completed
coursework to become an American Red
Cross first aid and safety instructor.
On Oct. 2, 2019, Stinchcomb responded to a
major traffic accident along Interstate 695 near Lutherville, Md. Upon
arriving, he secured the scene, deploying an arrow board and cones. Realizing one
of the vehicles involved in the accident was on fire, he extinguished the flames
as two bystanders extricated the driver, laying her on the road. Stinchcomb promptly assessed the driver’s
condition noticing her leg was bleeding profusely. Further examination revealed
a compound fracture of her lower leg. He quickly applied his personal tourniquet
to her leg, slowing the loss of blood. Baltimore County Fire Department emergency
medical services arrived and continued care. The woman was then transported to
a local hospital, treated and later released.
“With the job we do, we see
all types of things,” Stinchcomb said. “A lot of times, we see a lot of bad
things happen. This time it balanced out. I was able to help somebody. I was
prepared and glad I was able to do it [render aid] under the
The Red Cross Lifesaving Instructor Award was
also given to Patrick Rooney, who nominated Stinchcomb for the award. He is
MDOT’s CHART Operations Training Manager making sure that the agency’s emergency
responders have the skills they need to keep drivers safe and handle crises
that occur along the state’s highways.
Red Cross training gives people the knowledge
and skills to act in an emergency and save a life. A variety of online, blended
(online and in-person skills session) and classroom courses are available at redcross.org/takeaclass.
American Red Cross Lifesaving Award
program was established in 1911 and receives about 150 nominations
annually. There are two other categories of lifesaving awards – the Certificate
of Merit, 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; and the Certificate
of Extraordinary Personal Action, for individuals and teams that are not Red
Cross trained. Each award is signed by the President/CEO and Chairman of the
American Red Cross.
If you or someone you know has used skills
and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Training Services course to help
save or sustain the life of another individual, visit LifesavingAwards.org
to nominate, recognize, or be inspired.