While enjoying a game of golf with a friend in Carlyle, Illinois, Dave Shrum put his lifesaving training into action. On August 13, 2020, Dave and a friend arrived at the 14th hole when his friend fell to the ground.
“It was just the two of us and once he dropped, he was unconscious, I called 9-1-1 and knew what to do,” Dave says.
Dave has been trained in first aid and CPR since high school, but just two months prior to the medical emergency with his friend, he completed refresher training through the American Red Cross.
He started compressions on his friend and kept performing them until EMS crews arrived at their location on the golf course. Dave described it as a hot day, but he knew his friend’s life depended on him to push through the heat and continue compressions.
His friend eventually recovered. Dave says it was rewarding to know he survived the incident.
For his courageous act, Dave was awarded the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit during a virtual meeting with his colleagues present, who nominated him.
This is the highest award given by the American 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 Training Services course. The certificate bears the signature of the President of the United States, who is the honorary chairman of the American Red Cross, and the signature of the chairman of the American Red Cross.
Dave says being nominated by his colleagues was quite a surprised.
“I’m a pretty humble person. I don’t like a lot of extra attention, but it was nice. I really appreciated the award,” he says.
Dave adds, if people have the opportunity to take CPR classes it is a valuable skill that could help someone in need.
To learn more about American Red Cross Training Services and to find a first aid training course in your area visit redcross.org. To nominate someone for a Red Cross Lifesaving Award click here.
Written by Drew Brown, Regional Communications Manager