(The American Red Cross of Greater Akron and the Mahoning Valley) — On January 11, 2020, University of Akron athletic trainers John Walters and Kalie Jenkins called on their American Red Cross training to save the life of a spectator who was experiencing chest pains during an indoor track meet.
For their heroic and lifesaving action, Walters and Jenkins received the Red Cross Lifesaving Award for Professional Responders from the Red Cross of Greater Akron and the Mahoning Valley during a virtual ceremony on January 13, 2021.
The Lifesaving Award for Professional Responders is the highest award given by the Red Cross to individuals or group of individuals who save or sustain a life using skills learned in a Red Cross Training Services course.
“We’re extremely proud to present a Lifesaving Award for Professional Responders to John and Kalie,” said Rachel Telegdy, executive director for the Red Cross of Greater Akron and the Mahoning Valley. “Their actions exemplify our mission to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.”
“I am always amazed when someone takes the wherewithal to act. That is the hardest step,” stated Phil Ormandy, Red Cross Training Services. “I am very proud of John and Kalie and thankful that they put their training in action to save a life.”
Noticing the spectator was suffering from chest pains, Walters and Jenkins quickly responded to aid the individual in need, when their Red Cross training kicked in. They began to deliver breath and chest compressions and administered an AED until first responders were able to arrive.
Thanks to the quick thinking and responsiveness of Walters and Jenkins, the spectator survived and made a full recovery.
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 be inspired.
PHOTO: A screenshot from the virtual award presentation. Left to right/top to bottom: John Walters, Kalie Jenkins, Phil Ormandy, American Red Cross Training Services, Max Elder, Susan Sparks, American Red Cross Training Services, and Rachel Telegdy, executive director of the American Red Cross of Greater and the Mahoning Valley