Local Heroes Honored with American Red Cross Lifesaver Awards

4:04 PM, Sep 22, 2008   |    comments
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KDSK -- Six residents from the St. Louis metropolitan area were honored for saving lives.

The following people were honored with the Lifesaver Award:

--Maryland Heights Police Officer Antoinette Buchanan and Sgt. Matt Delia: Officer Buchanan was dispatched to the home of Sylvan Griffith after the man's wife had dialed 911. Buchanan found Griffith unconscious and used the department's Automated External Defibrillator. Sgt. Delia arrived a short time later and the two administered CPR until Maryland Heights Fire and Rescue arrived at the scene to take Griffith to a hospital.

--Mary Ruder: A Red Cross Pet First Air Instructor, Mary rescued a German shepherd after it had been hit by a car. She saw to it the dog was adopted and given a new home.

--Jeff Pack: Pack and his son went to a Boy Scout Camp in July and were reviewing first aid lessons when they heard a nearby commotion. Pack found Darrell McKay lying on the ground and saw that his face was blue. He gave McKay until an ambulance arrived to take the boy away. McKay was released that night and has since made a full recovery.

--James Shea: The 14-year-old boy took a First Aid and CPR class through the Boy Scouts in February. A few weeks later, he was at his grandparents' house when he heard his grandmother calling for help. Shea found his grandfather lying on the ground with a head wound. Shea wrapped his grandfather's wound and kept him still until he could be taken to a hospital for treatment. Shea's grandfather was released that day after being treated for broken ribs and cuts.

--Anita Wilson Powell: Powell, a nurse practitioner, was at the Jamestown Sports Complex swimming pool when an 11-year-old boy ventured into the deep end of the pool and went under. A Good Samaritan dove into the pool to pull the boy out, and Powell administered CPR, saving the boy's life.


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