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.

Marathon Miracle

Hannah Daniels
2019 Nominees – Hannah Daniels and Makenzie O'Bryan
Survivor – Robby Klaber, San Francisco, CA, October 12, 2014

Location of Event – Chicago Marathon

I’ve always been active. I biked 3,000 miles from Providence, Rhode Island to Seattle, Washington while in college, and ran the Miami Marathon in 2012 and the San Francisco Half Marathon in 2013. On October 12, 2014, at 29 years old, I was eager to run in my hometown race, the Chicago Marathon.

After recording my fastest ever 10K, I got to mile 7, and wham! I felt as if I was had been punched in the stomach. I felt dizzy, so I walked for a minute to catch my breath. My lightheadedness subsided, and I resumed running. I waved to spectators cheering me on as I passed mile 8. When I approached the mile 9 marker, I collapsed.

She Is A True Blessing

Sarah Van Roekel and Ed Kosiec reunite
2019 Nominee – Sarah Van Roekel
Survivor – Ed Kosiec, Lake Worth, FL, March 12, 2019

Location of Event – Restaurant, Lake Worth, FL

Altruistic, unselfish, selfless, self-sacrificing, amazing and my saving grace are only a few words that describe my hero Sarah Van Roekel who saved my life and who I am honored and would love to nominate for the People Saving People Award.

A Perfect Rainbow

2019 Nominee – John Hart, Tom McElin
Survivor –  Jeff McBride, Basking Ridge, NJ, September 15, 2019

Location of Event – Home, Kenilworth, IL

He Saved Not One Life, But Two

2019 Nominee – Kyle Hayes
Survivor – Jennifer Hayes and Micah Hayes, Eastvale, CA, November 9, 2017

Location of Event – Home

I would like to nominate my husband, Kyle Hayes for the People Saving People Award. His quick actions not only saved my life, but our son’s life on November 9, 2017, after I suffered a cardiac arrest while 30 weeks pregnant. The day started completely normally and my pregnancy had been perfect up to that point. That evening, after Kyle, our 3-year-old son, Matthew, and I returned home, I carried Matthew upstairs to bed as usual.

Strength, Focus and Determination

2019 Nominee – Amanda Berens
Survivor – Scott Berens, Austin, TX, July 13, 2008

Location of Event – Home

A Guardian Angel Walking the Earth

2019 Nominee – Bryan Conforto
Survivor – Richie Ross, Pittsburgh, PA, March 28, 2019

Location of Event – Hockey game

On March 28, 2019, my husband, Richie, went to play deck hockey as he has a few times a week for as long as I have known him. He was 38-years-old and perfectly healthy. He exercised regularly, ate well, worked at a job that he loved, and didn't smoke. We are high school sweethearts, have two kids, and the “picture perfect” life.

All Because She Stopped

2019 Nominee – Ewa Frelas
Survivor – Mark Barrett, Algonquin, IL, May 22, 2017

Location of Event – Neighborhood

High School CPR Training Comes in Handy

2019 Nominee – Melanie Welicki
Survivor – Homeless Gentleman, Detroit, MI, August 6, 2019

Location of Event – Sidewalk

Without Bystander Help, I Would be Another Statistic in the Sudden Cardiac Death Column

Doreen Lunberg
2019 Nominee – Doreen Lunberg
Survivor – Donald Wolfson, Atlantic Beach, FL,  July 29, 2015

Location of Event – Boise, ID airport

CPR Training for All!

2019 Nominee – Chase Reynolds
Survivor – Mari Arnett, Monument, CO, October 7, 2017

Location of Event – Breckinridge, CO ski resort

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