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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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