She saved my life with her bare hands

It was the Friday before the kids got out of school for Thanksgiving break and I’d decided that since it was Friday, I wasn’t going to make the 20-plus minute trek to my office to work alone in an office that we’d been working towards closing for the previous couple months -- I’d just work from home. That simple, seemingly unimportant decision changed my life and the lives of those around me… Read More

CPR training for all!

While on vacation at a resort in Breckinridge—my husband and I had been there for a day and my son and his wife arrived for the weekend—we poured glasses of wine and all sat on the balcony to enjoy a crisp fall day! I took one sip and in mid-sentence with my daughter-in-law, I slumped over. She called my son and he immediately checked me and started CPR within a minute. He kept going for seven… Read More

Because of my husband's knowledge and skills, my life was saved

My family and I were on vacation in Maui celebrating my father’s retirement. After a wonderful day that I cannot remember, I went to sleep excited for what was to come. However, my husband, CJ Alexander, woke up early to use the restroom and did not fall back asleep. He heard me laying next to him not breathing right and being an assistant fire chief recognized what was happening. My husband… Read More

Marathon miracle

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 had been punched in… Read More

A perfect rainbow

My husband, Jeff, and I went to Chicago in September 2019 for the 50th reunion of his eighth grade class at Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, IL. The weekend was full of events that culminated with a 2-on-2 hoop game among a few of the guys. The game was hosted at the home of a classmate, John Hart, who still resides in the community. The game started around 11:15 am.  Shortly thereafter, I… Read More

All because she stopped

I was home mowing my lawn. My wife was on her way to a funeral. I don’t remember anything so this is what I was told. I was thankfully in my front yard when my SCA happened. I was laying on the ground when my neighbor and her two young boys drove by and saw me. Ewa jumped out of her car and ran over and saw I wasn’t breathing and had no heartbeat. She started CPR and yelled for help. Someone… Read More

She is a true blessing

Altruistic, selfless, self-sacrificing, amazing and my saving grace are only a few words that describe my hero Sarah Van Roekel who saved my life. I am honored to nominate her for the People Saving People Award. My name is Ed Kosiec. March 12th, 2019 was a typical morning for me. I had run 10 miles to start the day and worked on strength training afterwards. I had been on a pretty active… Read More

Be Like Bill

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… Read More

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

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… Read More

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

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… Read More