A Stranger Did Not Hesitate to Come to My Aid

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… Read More

My Daughter Saved My Life That Day

2015 Nominee – Jordan Arnett  Survivor – Jeff Arnett, 46, Moorpark, California, 46 at time of event (February 16, 2014) Location of event – Home My name is Jeff Arnett. I am 46-years-old and a cardiac arrest survivor. On February 16, 2014, I had a cardiac arrest and my 17-year-old daughter found me and saved my life. I would like to nominate my daughter, Jordan Arnett, for the 2015 People… Read More

I Owe My Life to Mike for His Quick Actions

2015 Nominee – Mike Vanneman Survivor – Ira Gura, San Jose, CA, 76 at time of event (April 19, 2015) Location of event – Airport My name is Ira Gura, and I am 76-years-old. On April 19th of this year, my wife and I flew from LAX to San Jose, CA, to visit our daughter and her family. Just before we left for the trip, I felt a strange pain in the center of my back and was slightly nauseous. Since… Read More

Colleagues Provided CPR and Used an AED Before EMS Arrived

2015 Nominees – Mike Pitt, Terence Ryan, Robert Lynn, and Andrew Samour Survivor – Neil O'Toole, New York, NY, 57 at time of event (June 15, 2015) Location of event – Workplace I am pleased to nominate the following team from the New York, NY Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility for the People Saving People award: controller, Mike Pitt; traffic management coordinator, Terence (… Read More

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

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.  Without any warning at all, I went into cardiac arrest that day… Read More

He Saved My Life That Day – And Every Day Since

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… Read More

A Royal Save

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… Read More

John Barrasso Exemplifies Boy Scout Motto, "Be Prepared"

2014 Nominee – John Barrasso Survivor – Elaine McLeod, Monroe, CT – 50 at time of event (2014) Location of event – Banquet facility I believe John Barrasso deserves special recognition for this event is because he purchased an AED for his vehicle to have available if there was ever a need for one. John is a Director for the Mechanical Contractors Association of Connecticut. He participated in a… Read More

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

2014 Nominee – Travis Ederer Survivor Kathleen Miles, Orcutt, CA – 57 at time of event (2010) Location of event – Home On September 25, 1973, my heart truly started. At the age of 20, I gave birth to the most amazing son, Travis. The fullness and love was all encompassing almost more than my body could contain. Then again on September 25, 2010 (37 years later), my heart stopped and was… Read More

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

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 Just after starting to play a basketball game this particular morning, play stopped because there was apparently some type of injury on the adjacent court. My initial thought was that somebody had… Read More