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 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. 

There Is No Way to Thank Them Enough

Doug and Mary Ellen Scott

2014 Nominees  Mary Ellen Scott and Beth (Scott) Rittenhouse
Survivor Doug Scott, Huntington, IN – 53 at time of event (2014)

Location of event – Home

My name is Doug Scott, age 53, from Huntington, Indiana.

This may seem rare but I have two people to nominate, my wife and daughter, Mary Ellen Scott and Beth (Scott) Rittenhouse.

My Guardian Angel

Sue Hostler

2014 Nominee  Sue Hostler
Survivor Robert Hallinan, Philadelphia, PA – 25 at time of event (2013)
Location of event 
– Airport

My name is Robert Hallinan, a 25-year-old sudden cardiac arrest survivor. I would like to nominate my savior, Sue Hostler, for the "People Saving People" Award.

Men Bonded by Near Tragedy, Credit AED in Church Gym for Saving a Life

Demetrio Torres and Ron Newman

2014 Nominees  Marco Hernandez, Lee Miller, Ron Newman, Tim Sjostrom, Mike Stoner and Demetrio Torres 

Survivor Matt Krueger, St. Charles, IL – 36 at time of event (2013)

Location of event – Church gym

I Gave Him Life. 37 Years Later, He Gave It Back to Me

Survivor Kathleen Miles and Nominee Travis Ederer

2014 Nominee  Travis Ederer

Survivor Kathleen Miles, Orcutt, CA – 57 at time of event (2010)

Location of event – Home

John Barrasso Exemplifies Boy Scout Motto, "Be Prepared"

John Barrasso

2014 Nominee  John Barrasso

A Royal Save

Mykal Duncan and Brian Bishop

2014 Nominee – Brian Bishop

Survivor Mykal Duncan, Kansas City, MO – 15 at time of event (2013)

Location of event – Kansas City Royals baseball game

Our daughter, Mykal Duncan, was a healthy and active 15-year-old in May of 2013. She was a swimmer who had just finished taking her lifeguarding classes and passed. She got a job at the local pool to lifeguard in the summer. She was running track and was on the local swim team.

Dana Heisserer and Diane Williams

Linda with Dana Heisserer and Diane Williams

On March 22, 2007, Linda, Dana, and Diane showed up to what they thought was going to be a Sacred Heart Ladies' Guild board meeting.  Little did they know they were in for a lot more. Within minutes of the meeting starting, I passed out without any warning. Dana and Diane knew immediately that I needed help. They got me to the floor and took over. Dana started chest compressions and Diane was ready to breathe when needed. When EMS arrived about seven minutes after the beginning of this event, they were still giving CPR and had not stopped once. They knew my life was in their hands. Even though CPR in very physically demanding, Dana and Diane knew it was all I had.  Without them stepping forward, I would not be here today! I have had five more years with my family. I have seen both my girl's make their First Holy Communions.

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