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.

Jennifer Chap

Jennifer & Rick Chap

My name is Rick Chap, and I live in Orlando, Florida. I’m a 56 year-old SCA survivor. I would like to nominate Jennifer Chap, my wife, for the 2012 People Saving People Award. My SCA occurred on February 27, 2012, in our home. Here’s our story and why Jennifer is my hero…

We own a strategic marketing/research firm that we operate from our home. February 27th started out as usual. Jennifer was in her office on a conference call with our client. And, I was in the kitchen getting a second cup of coffee, when SCA struck me. This story would have ended here had it not been for one of our beloved cats, Buddy. Buddy was in Jennifer’s office and must have sensed something was terribly wrong. He unusually started acting up, meowing and jumping to get her attention. She picked him up to relocate him, only to find me on our kitchen floor gasping for air. With the phone in her hand, she immediately dialed 911.

Bob Huebner

Bob Huebner

I was asked to write a letter about the events of August 24, 2006. Unless you have lived such a day, time is irrelevant, and memory is mixed with what you are later told your actions where, along with what you think you did, and what you wish you had done. From my youth in boy scouting “Be Prepared” has echoed in my ears, I decided many years ago to do everything I could to try and live that motto. So this is my letter:

“To every man, there comes in his lifetime that special moment when he is tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique and fitted to his talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared and unqualified for the work that would be his finest hour." -Sir Winston Churchill 1942

Cheryl Powell

I would like to nominate my employer Cheryl Powell, as my rescuer for the People Saving People award. Without the quick response of my friend dialing 911, I would not be here today. My name is Marilyn Inductivo and on April 30, 2011, I died. Thanks to the phone call that Cheryl made to 911, the Carmel, CA, emergency medical team was able to start the rescue process and I was then transported to the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, where they were still trying to revive me. I was in a coma for seven days. I was not expected to make it, but because of the rescue team, starting with Cheryl, the EMT of Carmel, the nurses, coctors of CHOMP, and of course the many prayers that were sent to me by my friends and family, I can see my future ahead.

I wish I could nominate everyone involved! But to me the one that stands out in my eyes is my employer Cheryl Powell.

Nominated by Marilyn Inductivo, Marina CA

Claude Kalev

I would like to nominate my rescuer, Claude [and Cathy] Kalev for the People Saving People award. Claude happen to be nearby when I was a victim of SCA. He had no formal training in CPR but had heard his wife ( a nurse ) describe the procedure at the dinner table many times.

I'm a 55-year-old man who stays in good shape, exercises regularly and had no history of heart problems. I was at work in the warehouse when I collapsed. Several people saw me and realized I was in distress. Claude quickly took charge and started CPR while directing another to call 911. He continued until the EMTs arrived. I was shocked five times and still my heart would not start. I continued to receive CPR until I arrived at the hospital. I was in the hospital for a week and made a full recovery. The doctors found no cause for the SCA. I'm sure I would have died or had brain damage if Claude had not been there with the courage to intervene and with the knowledge that Cathy had given him.

Matt Graham & Dennis Downs

On Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Runyon Sports Complex in Pueblo, CO, two field managers were prepping a baseball field using "squeegees" to push water off the infield after a rain storm. This complex consists of seven baseball fields where many tournaments are held all summer. A 67-year-old man came to help from the stands and suddenly collapsed in arrest.

Matt Graham, one of groundsmen, immediately phoned 911 then began CPR; he directed a person to the front of the complex to meet EMS crews to be able to bring them in quickly to the correct field within this large complex. The other manager, Dennis Downs, ran about 100 yards to where their AED is located near the concession area and returned with it to the victim. In 35 seconds, he removed clothing, prepped the chest, placed pads, the unit analyzed and he delivered the shock. When EMS crews arrived, the victim had a blood pressure and was breathing on his own. He underwent successful cardiac surgery and is now home recovering.

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