Matthew Sargent called on his American Red Cross training in First Aid/CPR/AED to save the life of a woman who was submerged in the deep end of the pool at United States Airforce Academy in U. S. Air Force Academy, CO on April 30, 2019.

For this heroic and lifesaving action, Matthew Sargent, received the Red Cross Lifesaving Award for Professional Responders in a ceremony at the United States Airforce Academy in Colorado Springs.

The Lifesaving Award for Professional Responders is the highest award given by the Red Cross to individuals or group of individuals who save or sustain a life using skills learned in a Red Cross Training Services course. 
“We’re extremely proud to present a Lifesaving Award for Professional Responders to Matthew Sargent,” said Thomas Gonzalez, the Executive Director of the Colorado/Wyoming Region of the American Red Cross. His actions exemplify our mission to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.” 

As soon as he saw her submerged in the water, Mr. Sargent recognized the woman was in distress. “Clearly something was very wrong. I had to act fast, so I jumped into the pool without taking the time to grab my flotation tube.” He swam to the woman and brought her above water. The woman was conscious and able to answer questions, but soon lost consciousness. Mr. Sargent’s Red Cross training kicked in and he began assessing the situation while another responder contacted 9-1-1. He went to obtain the AED, while the secondary responder initiated chest compressions. “My Red Cross training definitely helped and gave me the confidence I needed to respond quickly.” He continued to care for the woman until Emergency Medical Services arrived and took over care.
Mr. Sargent’s award was presented by Debby MacSwain, an American Red Cross swimming safety instructor for 53 years and Thomas Gonzalez, the Executive Director of the Colorado/Wyoming Region of the American Red Cross.

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

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 to nominate, recognize, or be inspired.