Middleburg Heights heros to get Lifesaving Award

Cleveland Red Cross

(Cleveland) - On Tuesday, December 11, the American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio will honor four Red Cross-trained lifeguards with a Lifesaving Award for their quick thinking and heroic efforts.

On July 5, 2018, Andrew Bachie, Nate French, Ryan Grimesey and John Porch helped save the life of an individual, who was lying unresponsive on the floor of the Middleburg Heights Community Center.

Bachie, French, Grimesey and Porch calmly and collectively analyzed the situation and promptly called Emergency Medical Services. Following notifying first responders, the lifeguards performed CPR with an AED until paramedics could arrive to the community center and assume responsibility for the situation.

The training they received helped them remain calm, properly assess the situation and act to help save the life of the unresponsive individual, who’s condition later improved during care.

“We’re extremely proud to present a Lifesaving Award to Andrew, Nate, Ryan and John,” said Mike Parks, CEO, American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio. “Their actions exemplify our mission to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.”

“Congratulations to our exemplary lifeguards at the Middleburg Heights Community Center for valiantly and courageously saving the life of one of our residents Nobody is more proud of the men and women who unselfishly serve our city as our public employees do,” stated Mayor Gary W. Starr.

The Lifesaving Award is one of the highest awards given by the Red Cross to an individual or team of individuals who save or sustain a life by using skills and knowledge learned in Red Cross courses.

The award will be presented at the Middleburg Heights City Hall, located at 15700 Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights, at 7 PM, during the scheduled city council meeting.

Red Cross training gives people the knowledge and skills to act in an emergency and save a life. A variety of online, blended (online and in-person skills session) and classroom courses are available at redcross.org/takeaclass.

If you or someone you know has used skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Training Services course to help save or sustain the life of another individual, visit LifesavingAwards.org to nominate, recognize or to be inspired.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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