Greenfield’s Life-Saver Receives National Award

At only 11 years-old, Abram Suminski of Greenfield, Wisconsin, is a official recipient of the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit for selfless and humane action in saving a life. This is the highest award given by the Red Cross to an individual or team of individuals who saves or sustains life by using skills and knowledge learned in the American Red Cross Preparedness, Health and Safety Services courses.

When Abram Suminski was learning first aid basics in an American Red Cross Babysitter’s training course, I doubt he knew how quickly he’d be putting them to use in a real-life situation. Good thing he was prepared though when his younger brother, Logan, was in need. Shortly after, the brothers were playing in their grandmother’s basement when Logan started to choke on a piece a candy. Abram saw his brother turning purple and jumped into action to perform abdominal thrusts. His quick actions dislodged the piece of candy from Logan’s throat, saving his life!

Abram’s instructor from the Babysitter’s training course heard of his life-saving story, and she, along with the Greenfield Rec. Department (where the training took place), nominated Abram for the Red Cross Certificate of Merit, which is signed by the President Barack Obama, who is the Honorary Chairman of the American Red Cross!

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Abram Suminski holding his award with the help of his younger brother, Logan.

On Tuesday night at the Greenfield Common Council Meeting, Abram received the Red Cross Certificate of Merit. The Mayor of Greenfield, Michael J. Neitzke, and local Red Cross CEO, Patty Flowers, had the honor of presenting the award to Abram. In attendance, were some very special guests including Abram’s family, the vice principle of his school, his Red Cross instructor and the Greenfield Fire Department.

If you’re thinking about signing up for a Red Cross training course, don’t hesitate – be prepared! Information about the Red Cross Babysitting course, First Aid, CPR/AED and other training courses are available at redcross.org/takeaclass.

To see live action watch the Fox 6 news clip!

 

Jeremy Moeller Receives American Red Cross Lifesaving Award

On June 8, 2008, Jeremy Moeller, trained in American Red Cross Lifeguarding, helped save the life of Mike Skorczewski. After making sure all participants were out of the water for the swim portion of the triathlon, Jeremy went to watch the transition area. Mr. Skorczewski completed the swim portion and went into the transition area and mounted his bike. Just as he exited the area, Mr. Skorczewski collapsed and fell off his bike. Mr. Skorczewski showed no signs of life. Jeremy noticed the victim lying on his back on the pavement. Jeremy provided the address to the lady calling 9-1-1. Another individual was already performing chest compressions so Jeremy ran and retrieved the AED. Jeremy applied the AED pads to the victim and a shock was delivered. As Mr. Skorczewski became more coherent, he was rolled into the recovery position until EMS arrived and took over. Without a doubt, the skills learned in the American Red Cross Heath and Safety Services course and used by Jeremy Moeller contributed to saving Mike Skorczewski’s life.

P5190001For this act, Jeremy Moeller has been awarded the American Red Cross Lifesaving Award for the Professional Responder. This is one of the highest awards given by the Red Cross to an individual or team of individuals who saves or sustains a life by using skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Health and Safety Services course. The certificate bears the signatures of President and CEP of the American Red Cross, and Chairman of the American Red Cross.

This action exemplifies the highest degree of concern of one human being for another who is in distress.

Jeremy Moeller, with his American Red Cross Lifesaving Award

Jeremy Moeller, with his American Red Cross Lifesaving Award

Lifeguarding staff from Ashwaubomay Park that also assisted in the save: (l-r) Cole Vandermause, Kevin Hartzheim, Caitlin Kohlbeck, John Duffy and Jermey Moeller. (not picutred: Mitchell Dyer)

Lifeguarding staff from Ashwaubomay Park that also assisted in the save: (l-r) Cole Vandermause, Kevin Hartzheim, Caitlin Kohlbeck, John Duffy and Jermey Moeller. (not picutred: Mitchell Dyer)