Eligible nominees are individuals who helped save the life of an SCA victim, but had no work-related duty to respond to the victim. Lifesaving actions could include one or more of the following: Calling 9-1-1, providing CPR or chest compressions, using an automated external defibrillator (AED). Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged. Nominees follow.

Almost Like Winning the Powerball Lottery

David Wujczyk with rescuers Christopher Cooley and Matthew Cooley
2017 Nominees – Christopher Cooley, MD and Matthew Cooley, MD
Survivor – David Wujczyk, Farmington Hills, MI, 61 at time of event (August 3, 2017)

Location of Event – Golf course

My name is David Wujczyk. On Thursday, August 3rd at 12:20pm, I stepped on the first tee at Plum Hollow Country Club to play in the opening round of the 2017 Club Invitational golf tournament. This was to be my 25th year playing in this four-day event. Unbeknown to me, Dr. Christopher Cooley and his brother and guest for the event, Dr. Matt Cooley were set to be going out two groups behind me. This was to be their first event as Chris was a brand new member at Plum Hollow.

Immediate CPR Before EMS Arrival Was the Reason for Joe's Survival

Rescuers Josh Devou and Jess Devou with survivor Joe Devou (center)
2015 Nominees – Josh and Jess Devou
Survivor – Joe Devou, Levant, Maine, 49 at time of event (February 16, 2015)

Location of event – Home

I am writing to nominate my son and daughter for the People Saving People Award. On February 16, 2015, my husband suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in our home. Fortunately, due to a swift response from both of my children, he is still alive today. My daughter Jess learned CPR during a class she took at a local community college and my son Josh learned basic lifesaving techniques during an athletics training course while he was in high school.

My Son Was My Heartbeat Until EMS Arrived

Lori Mullen, left

2015 Nominees – Lori Mullen and Robert Mullen III
Survivor – Robert Mullen, Cincinnati, OH, 53 at time of event (June 27, 2013)
Location of event – Home

On June 27, 2013, I suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and died. For those who do not know, sudden cardiac arrest is not a heart attack. A heart attack is caused by a blockage, whereas sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the electrical system in your body quits working. SCA is also called sudden death, because that is what happens. June 27 – June 30 are a blur in my life, I remember nothing from those days other than what my loved ones tell me. For me, I am still here by the grace of God. It is a miracle that I am.

He Saved My Life That Day – And Every Day Since

Ron and Linda Wonder

2015 Nominee – Ron Wonder
Survivor – Linda Wonder, Carroll, IA, 56 at time of event (February 18, 2015)
Location of event – Home

I nominate my husband Ron Wonder. I am a 56-year-old female and I had my sudden cardiac arrest on the morning of February 18, 2015 at my home. We have two bathrooms, but I decided to take a bath in his bathroom where he was getting ready for the day, a choice that saved my life. I got into the bathtub, relaxed and my heart stopped. It was that simple, no warning or symptoms. My husband was blow drying his hair and noticed I was in trouble. He got me out of the tub of water, not an easy feat as I was a slightly larger woman than I am now. He called 911 and he was walked through the process by the 911 dispatcher. He is proof you don't have feel helpless even when you don't know CPR.

A Survivor's Father Pays It Forward and Saves a Life

Mark Kendall, second from left and Tony Dossett, third from left

2015 Nominee – Tony Dossett
Survivor – Mark Kendall, Orlando, FL, 46 at time of event (April 22, 2015)
Location of event – Parking lot

My name is Mark Kendall. I am a 46-year-old father of four, and my cardiac arrest occurred on a hot 100 plus degree Florida afternoon on April 22, 2015, in the parking lot of a pizza restaurant. 

Colleagues Provided CPR and Used an AED Before EMS Arrived

Award nominees and those who assisted them. Left to right -- New York TRACON Ope

2015 Nominees – Mike Pitt, Terence Ryan, Robert Lynn, and Andrew Samour
Survivor – Neil O'Toole, New York, NY, 57 at time of event (June 15, 2015)
Location of event – Workplace

I Owe My Life to Mike for His Quick Actions

Survivor Ira Gura with his hero Mike Vanneman

2015 Nominee – Mike Vanneman
Survivor – Ira Gura, San Jose, CA, 76 at time of event (April 19, 2015)
Location of event – Airport

My name is Ira Gura, and I am 76-years-old. On April 19th of this year, my wife and I flew from LAX to San Jose, CA, to visit our daughter and her family. Just before we left for the trip, I felt a strange pain in the center of my back and was slightly nauseous. Since I had back surgery the year before I didn’t really think much of it, but decided to use a wheelchair. Upon landing, my wife pushed me in a wheelchair. We were conversing pleasantly until half way down the corridor she asked me a question, but didn’t hear a response. She looked at me and saw that I was grey and lifeless. I had had a sudden and totally unexpected cardiac arrest!  

My wife started screaming.

My Daughter Saved My Life That Day

Rescuer Jordan Arnett and survivor, Jeff Arnett

2015 Nominee – Jordan Arnett 
Survivor – Jeff Arnett, 46, Moorpark, California, 46 at time of event (February 16, 2014)
Location of event – Home

My name is Jeff Arnett. I am 46-years-old and a cardiac arrest survivor. On February 16, 2014, I had a cardiac arrest and my 17-year-old daughter found me and saved my life. I would like to nominate my daughter, Jordan Arnett, for the 2015 People Saving People Award.

Please read my story…

A Stranger Did Not Hesitate to Come to My Aid

Survivor Bob Reed with rescuer Roland Duran

2015 Nominee – Roland Duran
Survivor – Bob Reed, Port Aransas, TX, 64 at time of event (February 13, 2015)
Location of event  – Beach

My name is Bob Reed. I am 64-years-old, and I am lucky to be alive. On February 13, 2015, I experienced cardiac arrest while walking on the beach in Port Aransas, Texas, while I was walking my dogs. Port Aransas is our winter home for my wife and me when we are not in Colorado.

I do not remember the event or even walking on the beach that day, but it was the unluckiest and luckiest day of my life. Luckiest because when I collapsed, Roland Duran of Corpus Christi came to my aid. One of my neighbors witnessed the event from his condo and ran to the scene, where he identified me and had the presence of mind to get Roland's name and phone number.

I Can Think of No More Important Role Than to Save Someone's Life

Rescuer Billy Griggs and survivor Paul Wylie

2015 Nominee – Billy Griggs
Survivor – Paul Wylie, Charlotte, NC, 50 at time of event (April 21, 2015)
Location of event – Outdoor running workout

My name is Paul Wylie. I am a husband, father of three young children, a coach, and figure skater. As an Olympic Silver medalist, I know well what it means to work hard, really hard. I have performed in countless high-pressure situations. Yet, I can think of no more important role than to commit all my mental energies and physical strength to save someone else’s life. That is what Billy Griggs did for me on April 21, 2015.

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