Nominees

Nominees

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.

Without a Doubt, My Wife Saved My Life

Survivor Gary Brauchla and rescuer Kathie Brauchla

2015 Nominee – Kathie Brauchla
Survivor – Gary Brauchla, Pearce, Arizona, 68 at time of event (September 29, 2012)
Location of event – Home

If it weren’t for my wife, Kathie Brauchla, September 29, 2012, would have been the date etched on my tombstone. I was asleep in my rural home in Pearce, Arizona, about 90 miles from Tucson when I went into cardiac arrest at age 68. Kathie was awoken by my loud snort, which she assumed then was snoring. In retrospect, it was likely my last gasp. She nudged me. No response. Nudged me again. And again – no response. Then it all clicked together what was going on. She flipped on the light as I lay there motionless, not breathing.

It's A Miracle from God, My Husband, Son, and the Dispatcher That I Am Here Today

Rescuers Bobby and Scott Bertolotto and survivor Aysha Bertolotto

2015 Nominee – Scott Bertolotto
Survivor – Alysha Bertolotto, Custer, South Dakota, 37 (September 21, 2014)
Location of event – Home

I believe my husband is worthy of the People Saving People Award because he's a great example of an everyday Joe, who could and should know what to do in the event of an emergency.

I have a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and so I have an ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) because I'm at high-risk for sudden cardiac arrest. This protection also gave us the false security that it would take care of me if needed.

If You Can Fight, Mom, I Want You to Fight

Bryce Smithlin

2015 Nominees – Bryce and Tony Smithlin
Survivor Kyra Smithlin, Puyallup, Washington, 37 at time of event (December 15, 2012)
Location of event – Home

The reason why I think Bryce and Tony deserve recognition is because of many reasons. Not only did they save my life, but in a scary situation for not only my husband but for my little 9-year-old son, they worked as a team and I'm so proud of them. 

There Is No Way to Thank Them Enough

Doug and Mary Ellen Scott

2014 Nominees  Mary Ellen Scott and Beth (Scott) Rittenhouse
Survivor Doug Scott, Huntington, IN – 53 at time of event (2014)

Location of event – Home

My name is Doug Scott, age 53, from Huntington, Indiana.

This may seem rare but I have two people to nominate, my wife and daughter, Mary Ellen Scott and Beth (Scott) Rittenhouse.

My Guardian Angel

Sue Hostler

2014 Nominee  Sue Hostler
Survivor Robert Hallinan, Philadelphia, PA – 25 at time of event (2013)
Location of event 
– Airport

My name is Robert Hallinan, a 25-year-old sudden cardiac arrest survivor. I would like to nominate my savior, Sue Hostler, for the "People Saving People" Award.

Men Bonded by Near Tragedy, Credit AED in Church Gym for Saving a Life

Demetrio Torres and Ron Newman

2014 Nominees  Marco Hernandez, Lee Miller, Ron Newman, Tim Sjostrom, Mike Stoner and Demetrio Torres 

Survivor Matt Krueger, St. Charles, IL – 36 at time of event (2013)

Location of event – Church gym

I Gave Him Life. 37 Years Later, He Gave It Back to Me

Survivor Kathleen Miles and Nominee Travis Ederer

2014 Nominee  Travis Ederer

Survivor Kathleen Miles, Orcutt, CA – 57 at time of event (2010)

Location of event – Home

John Barrasso Exemplifies Boy Scout Motto, "Be Prepared"

John Barrasso

2014 Nominee  John Barrasso

A Royal Save

Mykal Duncan and Brian Bishop

2014 Nominee – Brian Bishop

Survivor Mykal Duncan, Kansas City, MO – 15 at time of event (2013)

Location of event – Kansas City Royals baseball game

Our daughter, Mykal Duncan, was a healthy and active 15-year-old in May of 2013. She was a swimmer who had just finished taking her lifeguarding classes and passed. She got a job at the local pool to lifeguard in the summer. She was running track and was on the local swim team.

Dana Heisserer and Diane Williams

Linda with Dana Heisserer and Diane Williams

On March 22, 2007, Linda, Dana, and Diane showed up to what they thought was going to be a Sacred Heart Ladies' Guild board meeting.  Little did they know they were in for a lot more. Within minutes of the meeting starting, I passed out without any warning. Dana and Diane knew immediately that I needed help. They got me to the floor and took over. Dana started chest compressions and Diane was ready to breathe when needed. When EMS arrived about seven minutes after the beginning of this event, they were still giving CPR and had not stopped once. They knew my life was in their hands. Even though CPR in very physically demanding, Dana and Diane knew it was all I had.  Without them stepping forward, I would not be here today! I have had five more years with my family. I have seen both my girl's make their First Holy Communions.

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