Anna Forrester has mixed feelings about being honored with the American Red Cross Lifesaving Award. It’s one of the highest awards given to someone who saves a life by using skills obtained in a Red Cross class.
Anna saved a man by performing CPR.
Here’s how it all unfolded back on December 20, 2018:
Anna works for Gateways to Better Living, a non-profit agency serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She was in the home of a client when he became unresponsive. After determining the man was no longer breathing and did not have a pulse, she called 9-1-1 and began chest compressions. He began to respond shortly before EMS arrived.
The citation issued by the Red Cross states, “Without a doubt, the skills learned in the American Red Cross Training Services course helped to save the life of this gentleman.” Anna also received a certificate, signed by Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern and Chairman Bonnie McElveen-Hunter.
The award was presented to Anna in front of family and friends by the Trumbull County Commissioners. And here’s where the mixed feelings come in. While Anna says she’s happy the man is alive, she’s shocked at the attention she has received.
“He’s alive because of you,” said Elizabeth Merritt, the instructor who taught Anna lifesaving CPR skills. “That is extremely special. He can put his socks on because of you!”
Anyone can learn how to use first aid and CPR, and how to use an AED by taking a Red Cross Training Services class. Visit redcross.org/take-a-class to find a class near you.