Posted on 05/09/2014

On August 15, 2011, Delores DuMond, a 77-year-old woman from Hudson, NY, was enjoying lunch at the Beekman Arms Restaurant, in Rhinebeck, NY. When she suddenly fell into sudden cardiac arrest, her life was saved by bystanders who called 911, performed CPR and utilized an AED on site to save her life. The victim was conscious before the ambulance arrived.

While an employee called 911, an unidentified nurse in the restaurant began CPR and restaurant patron, Brian Hutchins, Rhinebeck, NY, utilized an AED located on site at the Beekman Arms to deliver the lifesaving shock.

Brian deserves special recognition because he recognizes the importance of gaining CPR and AED skills, as well as the importance of public access AED programs. Brian took time out of his busy schedule as a business person and parent to become trained in these lifesaving skills should he ever need them. As a bystander, Brian took action. He didn’t sit idle when he heard someone needed assistance. He does not consider himself a hero, but we know he is! Brian now encourages others to be trained in these lifesaving skills and he is quick to point out how crucial it was to have an AED available on site.

Nominated by Linda Cotter-Forbes, Rhinebeck, NY