Michigan's Reginald Smith was recently honored for his quick thinking, Red Cross training and his lifesaving skills.
On June 16, 2019, Reginald, trained in American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, helped to sustain the life of a gentleman who fell unconscious at Union Grace Church in Farmington Hills, MI. Reginald, was alerted a fellow parishioner was feeling well. Reginald went to greet the gentleman, calling out his name and tapping him on his shoulder. The gentleman did not respond. Reginald promptly assessed the gentleman and determined he was not breathing. He laid the gentleman flat on the floor and asked for 9-1-1 to be called immediately. Reginald immediately began chest compressions alongside rescue breaths. Emergency Medical Services arrived and continued to provide care. Without a doubt, the skills learned in the American Red Cross Training Services course helped to sustain the life of this gentleman.
For this act, Reginald Smith 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.
This action exemplifies the highest degree of concern of one human being for another who is in distress.
With sincere appreciation from the entire Michigan Region...we salute you Reginald!