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 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.

A Stranger Did Not Hesitate to Come to My Aid

Survivor Bob Reed with rescuer Roland Duran

2015 Nominee – Roland Duran
Survivor – Bob Reed, Port Aransas, TX, 64 at time of event (February 13, 2015)
Location of event  – Beach

My name is Bob Reed. I am 64-years-old, and I am lucky to be alive. On February 13, 2015, I experienced cardiac arrest while walking on the beach in Port Aransas, Texas, while I was walking my dogs. Port Aransas is our winter home for my wife and me when we are not in Colorado.

I do not remember the event or even walking on the beach that day, but it was the unluckiest and luckiest day of my life. Luckiest because when I collapsed, Roland Duran of Corpus Christi came to my aid. One of my neighbors witnessed the event from his condo and ran to the scene, where he identified me and had the presence of mind to get Roland's name and phone number.

I Can Think of No More Important Role Than to Save Someone's Life

Rescuer Billy Griggs and survivor Paul Wylie

2015 Nominee – Billy Griggs
Survivor – Paul Wylie, Charlotte, NC, 50 at time of event (April 21, 2015)
Location of event – Outdoor running workout

My name is Paul Wylie. I am a husband, father of three young children, a coach, and figure skater. As an Olympic Silver medalist, I know well what it means to work hard, really hard. I have performed in countless high-pressure situations. Yet, I can think of no more important role than to commit all my mental energies and physical strength to save someone else’s life. That is what Billy Griggs did for me on April 21, 2015.

Without a Doubt, My Wife Saved My Life

Survivor Gary Brauchla and rescuer Kathie Brauchla

2015 Nominee – Kathie Brauchla
Survivor – Gary Brauchla, Pearce, Arizona, 68 at time of event (September 29, 2012)
Location of event – Home

If it weren’t for my wife, Kathie Brauchla, September 29, 2012, would have been the date etched on my tombstone. I was asleep in my rural home in Pearce, Arizona, about 90 miles from Tucson when I went into cardiac arrest at age 68. Kathie was awoken by my loud snort, which she assumed then was snoring. In retrospect, it was likely my last gasp. She nudged me. No response. Nudged me again. And again – no response. Then it all clicked together what was going on. She flipped on the light as I lay there motionless, not breathing.

It's A Miracle from God, My Husband, Son, and the Dispatcher That I Am Here Today

Rescuers Bobby and Scott Bertolotto and survivor Aysha Bertolotto

2015 Nominee – Scott Bertolotto
Survivor – Alysha Bertolotto, Custer, South Dakota, 37 (September 21, 2014)
Location of event – Home

I believe my husband is worthy of the People Saving People Award because he's a great example of an everyday Joe, who could and should know what to do in the event of an emergency.

I have a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and so I have an ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) because I'm at high-risk for sudden cardiac arrest. This protection also gave us the false security that it would take care of me if needed.

If You Can Fight, Mom, I Want You to Fight

Bryce Smithlin

2015 Nominees – Bryce and Tony Smithlin
Survivor Kyra Smithlin, Puyallup, Washington, 37 at time of event (December 15, 2012)
Location of event – Home

The reason why I think Bryce and Tony deserve recognition is because of many reasons. Not only did they save my life, but in a scary situation for not only my husband but for my little 9-year-old son, they worked as a team and I'm so proud of them. 

Immediate CPR Before EMS Arrival Was the Reason for Joe's Survival

Rescuers Josh Devou and Jess Devou with survivor Joe Devou (center)
2015 Nominees – Josh and Jess Devou
Survivor – Joe Devou, Levant, Maine, 49 at time of event (February 16, 2015)

Location of event – Home

I am writing to nominate my son and daughter for the People Saving People Award. On February 16, 2015, my husband suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in our home. Fortunately, due to a swift response from both of my children, he is still alive today. My daughter Jess learned CPR during a class she took at a local community college and my son Josh learned basic lifesaving techniques during an athletics training course while he was in high school.

My Son Was My Heartbeat Until EMS Arrived

Lori Mullen, left

2015 Nominees – Lori Mullen and Robert Mullen III
Survivor – Robert Mullen, Cincinnati, OH, 53 at time of event (June 27, 2013)
Location of event – Home

On June 27, 2013, I suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and died. For those who do not know, sudden cardiac arrest is not a heart attack. A heart attack is caused by a blockage, whereas sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the electrical system in your body quits working. SCA is also called sudden death, because that is what happens. June 27 – June 30 are a blur in my life, I remember nothing from those days other than what my loved ones tell me. For me, I am still here by the grace of God. It is a miracle that I am.

He Saved My Life That Day – And Every Day Since

Ron and Linda Wonder

2015 Nominee – Ron Wonder
Survivor – Linda Wonder, Carroll, IA, 56 at time of event (February 18, 2015)
Location of event – Home

I nominate my husband Ron Wonder. I am a 56-year-old female and I had my sudden cardiac arrest on the morning of February 18, 2015 at my home. We have two bathrooms, but I decided to take a bath in his bathroom where he was getting ready for the day, a choice that saved my life. I got into the bathtub, relaxed and my heart stopped. It was that simple, no warning or symptoms. My husband was blow drying his hair and noticed I was in trouble. He got me out of the tub of water, not an easy feat as I was a slightly larger woman than I am now. He called 911 and he was walked through the process by the 911 dispatcher. He is proof you don't have feel helpless even when you don't know CPR.

A Survivor's Father Pays It Forward and Saves a Life

Mark Kendall, second from left and Tony Dossett, third from left

2015 Nominee – Tony Dossett
Survivor – Mark Kendall, Orlando, FL, 46 at time of event (April 22, 2015)
Location of event – Parking lot

My name is Mark Kendall. I am a 46-year-old father of four, and my cardiac arrest occurred on a hot 100 plus degree Florida afternoon on April 22, 2015, in the parking lot of a pizza restaurant. 

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