Mike Vanneman, of Los Altos, CA, has been named recipient of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation 2015 'People Saving People Award,' which recognizes bystanders who help sudden cardiac arrest victims by calling 911, giving CPR, and using automated external defibrillators. Remarkably, Vanneman saved two lives in eight months.
Mike Vanneman, of Los Altos, CA, has won the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation prestigious 2015 'People Saving People Award' for saving the life of Ira Gura, 76, who collapsed suddenly from cardiac arrest at Mineta San José International Airport on April 19, 2015.
Sue Hostler of Pittsburgh, PA, has been named recipient of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s 2014 People Saving People Award for saving the life of Robert Hallinan, 25, when he collapsed suddenly from cardiac arrest at an airport last summer. Hostler, a business traveler, recognized the emergency, called 911, and performed chest compressions until EMS arrived.
Bystander intervention often means the difference between life and death for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The Foundation’s People Saving People™ award honors 'ordinary' people with extraordinary spirits who help save the lives of SCA victims. The purpose of the award is to increase awareness about the critical need for bystanders to help in sudden cardiac emergencies.
Hostler was nominated for the award by Hallinan, who wrote:
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has named Federal Aviation Association safety inspectors Ron Noe and Ray Trevino, and American Airlines Captain Frank Meyer recipients of the 2012 “People Saving People Award” for saving the life of American Airlines pilot Captain Matt Taylor when he suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in the AA employee cafeteria in December 2011.
Roman Matlaga played basketball on Sunday mornings at the Lakeside Elementary School in Honesdale, Penn., for 15 years. This particular Sunday morning—February 18, 2007—he was joined by some of the regulars and first-timer, David Belkin, 65, of Bethesda, MD. Right after taking a shot, Belkin stumbled backwards into the stands. That’s when Matlaga leapt from the bench into action. Read more