Volunteer from overseas helps with North Lawndale “Sound the Alarm” event

When David Barnfield was just 9 years old, he was already learning the fundamentals of life-saving skills like CPR through the British Red Cross while living in Yorkshire, England. He was active as a volunteer and says being with the Red Cross was a great experience.

A young David Barnfield (right) is pictured below at 16-years-old at a youth event in Germany with the American Red Cross.

Over 60 years later, David jumped in once again to help out as a volunteer with the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois’ “Sound the Alarm” campaign to install free smoke alarms in North Lawndale on May 18. David’s adult son, Mark, is now an employee of the American Red Cross which is what led to the volunteer experience becoming a family affair.

Mark (L) and David(R) Barnfield are now part of a multi-generational Red Cross family.

David’s son, Mark, says having his dad there as a volunteer was a memory he will cherish forever.

“I don’t often get to share experiences with my Dad because we live so far apart. It was special to have him there so he could see what we do every day, and meet some of the amazing people I get to share my workdays with,” Mark said.

David says in his youth, he became a CPR trainer and taught CPR skills to groups. He was also trained in “mother care” and “home nursing duties” through the British Red Cross volunteering to help families and the elderly.

Now, David can say he’s volunteered on multiple continents with the Red Cross and says no matter where you are in the world, the Red Cross is an organization looking to help people.

“I’m sure in a world emergency we’d all work together to acheive a common goal,” Barnfield said.

See more photos from the North Lawndale event here.

Learn more about volunteering at a “Sound the Alarm” event here!

Written by Red Cross Communications Manager Holly Baker.

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