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.

Be Like Bill

Bill Schlies and Jeff Utzinger
2017 Nominee – Bill Schlies
Survivor – Jeff Utzinger, Carmel, IN, 46 at time of event (June 20, 2017)

Location of Event – Neighborhood

My name is Jeff Utzinger and I would like to nominate Bill Schlies for the People Saving People Award. On June 20th, 2017, I collapsed in sudden cardiac arrest while out for a morning run in my neighborhood, an activity I do very regularly, ironically, to prevent this kind of thing from happening. While I have no recollection of the event, I do know the facts surrounding it – the biggest being that Bill Schlies saved my life. He happened to be driving by (going a different way at a different time to work for reasons he doesn’t know) and saw my body on the side of the road. He stopped, realized I wasn't breathing and called 911.

His Quick Actions Clearly Saved My Life, and Possibly My Intellect

Gary Schiller and Sherif Badawy
2017 Nominee – Sherif Badawy, MD
Survivor – Gary Schiller, MD, Los Angeles, CA, 56 at time of event (December 6, 2015)

Location of Event – 5K Run in Orlando, FL

Please accept my nomination of Sherif Badawy, MD, Attending Physician, Hematology/Oncology; Instructor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Sherif was among 900 individuals participating in a 5K run around the perimeter of the Orlando Convention center at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology on December 6, 2015. I was also in the crowd, as Vice-Chair of the Foundation Committee for the Society. 

She Was Not Only My Hero, She Was An Inspiration to the Miners!

Carole Puryear and Connie Branson
2017 Nominee – Carole Puryear
Survivor – Connie Branson, Madisonville, KY, 57 at time of event (January 4, 2017)

Location of Event – Country Road

My name is Connie Branson, and I would like to nominate Carole Puryear for the 2017 SCA People Saving People Award because she saved my life on January 4, 2017. This morning started off like nearly every morning – Carole and I got up early to get our five miles in, as we were training for four races this year. Roughly four minutes into our walk down a country road in the hills of Kentucky, we saw a car coming around the corner. Like all runners, we got into a single file – Carole in front. This driver slowed down, rolled down his window, and said to Carole, “Miss, your friend has collapsed!”

Theresa's CPR Kept Me Alive

Mike Neubauer
2017 Nominee – Theresa Paulsen Hayes
Survivor – Mike Neubauer, San Francisco CA, 70 at time of event (January 1, 2015)

Location of Event – Parking Lot at Mall

I Thought I Was Talking to An Adult: Brendan Was So Calm

Tom and Brendan Gould
2017 Nominee – Brendan Gould
Survivor – Thomas Gould, Barrington, IL, 56 at time of event (February 6, 2016)

Location of Event – Home

I was having a conversation with my son Brendan, on February 6, 2016, at 5:30 pm. In mid-sentence, and with no warning signs, I collapsed onto the floor of my son’s bedroom. Brendan, then 16 years of age, recognized immediately that my gurgling noises, a lack of response to his questions, as well as my face and neck turning an unusual purple color, meant I was in real trouble.

Brendan picked up the phone and dialed 911. After describing the situation to him, the dispatcher told Brendan he would need to begin CPR on me.

My Daughter, Alicia, Is My Hero. I Attribute Her Valor to Her Military Training

Alicia Murgola with her children
2017 Nominee – Alicia Murgolo
Survivor – Donna Eldridge, Wilmington, DE, 60 at time of event (January 31, 2013)

Location of Event – Daughter's home in Lakenheath, England

On December 6, 2012, I moved to Lakenheath, UK, to live with my daughter Alicia, who was stationed there because she was part of an Air Force family. I had had a heart attack six months before this move, which required a stent. Because of this, my daughter wanted me to move there with them and just be a mom to her and a nana to my grandson and my soon-to-be granddaughter.

His Saving of Young Lives Was Returned to Him by His Chain of Rescuers

2017 Nominees – Steven Weis, Paul Crist, Richard Sammons, Scott Shinsky, David Carey
Survivor – Vincent Taylor, 60 at time of event (May 18, 2017)

Location of Event – Watercraft accident, Frog Mortar Creek, Baltimore County, MD

The following is a memo from Chief Shane K. Pule Sr. to fire department personnel

Tim Did Not Just Save My Heart that Easter Sunday...He Also Saved Our Daughters’ Hearts

Tim and Michelle Webb and family
2017 Nominee – Tim Webb
Survivor – Michelle Webb, Ramsey, NJ, 48 at time of event (April 5, 2015)

Location of Event – Home

I would like to nominate my husband, Timothy Webb, for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s People Saving People Award. On April 5, 2015, Easter Sunday, I suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at home while preparing dinner with my family. I was a healthy, fit, 48-year-old woman with no medical issues and no history of cardiac problems. The arrest (ventricular fibrillation) came without warning.

In the Blink of An Eye, Our Lives Changed

Debbie and Brian Freed
2017 Nominee – Debbie Freed
Survivor – Brian Freed, Bloomington, MN, 54 at time of event (September 5, 2012)

Location of Event – Home

Prior to September of 2012 my life was typical. I was 54 years old, married, and always had an excuse as to why I had not quit smoking or gotten any exercise, except for square dancing, which I love to do.

You would think I should have feared dying from a smoking-related disease because my father died from emphysema at age 69 and my mother died from lung cancer at age 70. I had told people that I fully expected to die the same way. I was just hoping to live to 71 years old, so I could outlive my parents. It's not that I liked smoking so much, but it was more that I had tried to quit and couldn't so I figured it was my lot in life. Oh, how wrong I was!

I Know That I Have A Living Angel in My Wife

James and Rose Lang
2017 Nominee – Rose Lang
Survivor – James Lang, Oshkosh, WI, 61 at time of event (May 26, 2016)

Location of Event – Home

Let me take you back to early 2016. I was (so I thought) a healthy man who ate right, was active, and lived a good life. My wife and I had just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary on April 24, 2016. The evening of May 25, 2016 (a little over a month later) after having a nice dinner with friends we went to bed around 10 pm. I felt tired but great that night, nothing else out of the ordinary. I had been doing some remodeling in our home the day prior before we went out for dinner so I was chalking up my fatigue to the amount of work that I had done that day.

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