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.

My Husband Saved My Life and I’ll Be Forever Grateful

Justin and Kristin Toussing
2017 Nominee – Justin Toussing
Survivor – Kristin Toussing, Indianapolis, IN, 29 at time of event (September 13, 2017)

Location of Event – Home

Wednesday, September 13, 2017. It is likely a day I’ll never remember, and with certainty a day that my husband will never forget. It was a day that started just as any other. I had awoken at 6:15 am, as I always do, packed three lunches, ensured our three boys (a set of twins age 7 ½, and a 5-year-old) were in their uniforms, backpacks ready, and then off to school we went. It was my husband’s last scheduled day off before returning to work, and we had planned to spend the day together. I showered, and then my husband decided to do the same.

Almost Like Winning the Powerball Lottery

David Wujczyk with rescuers Christopher Cooley and Matthew Cooley
2017 Nominees – Christopher Cooley, MD and Matthew Cooley, MD
Survivor – David Wujczyk, Farmington Hills, MI, 61 at time of event (August 3, 2017)

Location of Event – Golf course

My name is David Wujczyk. On Thursday, August 3rd at 12:20pm, I stepped on the first tee at Plum Hollow Country Club to play in the opening round of the 2017 Club Invitational golf tournament. This was to be my 25th year playing in this four-day event. Unbeknown to me, Dr. Christopher Cooley and his brother and guest for the event, Dr. Matt Cooley were set to be going out two groups behind me. This was to be their first event as Chris was a brand new member at Plum Hollow.

Thanks to My Guardian Angels, There is No Need to Ask Where the Wake is Being Held

Tom Lane and Sebastian Koziel
2017 Nominees – Sebastian Koziel and Randy McGregor
Survivor – Tom Lane, Lemont, IL, 53 at time of event (December 5, 2015)

Location of Event – Gym

The following is an e-mail message Tom sent to his co-workers.

Happy Friday! It's Great to Be Alive!

On Saturday, December 5th, 2015, I went to the Lemont park district gym to work out like I do almost every day. I spent a half hour on an elliptical machine like I always do. Every other day, I throw in four sets of pull-ups and push-ups. This was one of those days. In the middle of doing a set of pull-ups, I passed out and collapsed on the ground.

A Call No Mother Ever Wants to Receive

Chris Featherstone and Erika Bean
2017 Nominees – Chris Featherstone and Erika Bean
Survivor – Hannah Bean, Decaur, IL, 16 at time of event (July 11, 2016)

Location of Event – Home

I am writing to nominate my husband and daughter for the People Saving People Award. On July 11th, 2016, I got a call that no mother ever wants to receive. My husband, Chris, called to tell me that my daughter Hannah had collapsed and was being rushed to the hospital. I found out hours later that he and Hannah's sister, Erika, had already helped to save Hannah's life.

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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