Posted on 05/08/2014

I would like to nominate my rescuer, Claude [and Cathy] Kalev for the People Saving People award. Claude happen to be nearby when I was a victim of SCA. He had no formal training in CPR but had heard his wife ( a nurse ) describe the procedure at the dinner table many times.

I'm a 55-year-old man who stays in good shape, exercises regularly and had no history of heart problems. I was at work in the warehouse when I collapsed. Several people saw me and realized I was in distress. Claude quickly took charge and started CPR while directing another to call 911. He continued until the EMTs arrived. I was shocked five times and still my heart would not start. I continued to receive CPR until I arrived at the hospital. I was in the hospital for a week and made a full recovery. The doctors found no cause for the SCA. I'm sure I would have died or had brain damage if Claude had not been there with the courage to intervene and with the knowledge that Cathy had given him.

Nominated by Ken Keller, Reseda, CA