The Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action is given to individuals, like Elliott, who step up in an emergency to help save or sustain a life. These individuals exemplify the mission of the Red Cross to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies and are to be commended for their willingness to help others in distress.
“You kept her calm. You kept her distracted. That freed up another set of hands and allowed us to focus on getting her ready to move,” said Major to Elliott during the ceremony. “The moment chose you – and you stepped up. You did really good work and we all appreciate it.”
Elliott’s quick response and calm demeanor allowed the EMS crew to focus on the patient and resulted in her expedited treatment and transportation to definitive care. The patient survived her injuries and after blood transfusions and multiple complex surgeries was eventually discharged home. Rick Bilodeau is also recovering from his injuries.
“I don’t know that there are words to encompass everything that I’m feeling,” said Elliott, Red Cross Lifesaving Award recipient. “I’m beyond thankful that I had the opportunity to see this through because things could have gone very differently that day. I’m so grateful that the Bilodeaus are both here and doing well.”