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 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.

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 Am So Lucky to Be Here

Judy and Kevin Marlow
2017 Nominees – Kevin Marlow
Survivor – Judy Marlow, Fowlmere, Hertfordshire, UK, 39 at time of event (February 3, 2014)

Location of Event – Home

My Co-Workers' Fast and Calm Efforts Made All the Difference

Jeanne Burkart with her rescuers Wade Petray and Colin Lee
2017 Nominees – Wade Petray and Colin Lee
Survivor – Jeanne Burkart, Lincoln, NE, 56 at time of event (February 4, 2016)

Location of Event – Workplace

On the afternoon of February 4, 2016, I was in my cubicle at my place of employment, Crete Carrier Corporation, Lincoln, Nebraska, when without warning, I collapsed and stopped breathing. It was like a switch went off. One minute I was standing in front of my computer monitor reading an email and six days later I awoke in a hospital bed with my husband and eldest son at my side. I was wired up to various blinking/beeping monitors. My family informed me I had almost died having suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while at work. I had no idea what a SCA was. The doctors at the hospital told me my co-workers actually saved my life.  

A Testament to the Gift of Caring for Strangers

Paul and Ingrid Rasmussen
2017 Nominee – Ingrid Rasmussen
Survivor – Paul Rasmussen, Minneapolis, MN, 34 at time of event (March 17, 2015)

Location of Event – Restaurant

To my loving wife, Ingrid, and those caring bystanders who came to my aid on the night of March 17, 2015. Please accept my sincere thanks for your compassion so freely given.

The following is an account of Paul Rasmussen's cardiac arrest written by author, Adam Copeland.[1]

I Am a Deeply Proud and Forever Grateful Mom

Ryan, Heather and Taylor Kennedy
2017 Nominees – Ryan and Taylor Kelley
Survivor – Heather Kelley, Bellevue, WA, 48 at time of event (February 5, 2015)

Location of Event – Public setting

On February 5, 2015, Seattle threw the biggest party in our city’s history. Over 700,000 people braved sub-freezing temperatures and filled the streets to cheer on our first time Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks.

Much to their surprise and delight, I let my two daughters skip school and took them downtown to join the fun. We were walking to the celebration in CenturyLink Field, but we never made it. Just blocks from the stadium my heart suddenly and unexpectedly stopped. I grabbed daughter’s shoulder and fell straight back onto the sidewalk.

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