Last week it happened without warning, a safety moment you might train for but don’t expect to have to react to.
Ken Cheatwood, a long-time Heery employee, encountered a medical emergency affecting one of his co-workers. His colleague had collapsed. Just a moment before, both were talking to each other about details of a project at Robins Air Force Base that they are working on. They were talking across a desk with a computer monitor between them, blocking their views. Then, all of a sudden, there was no response from the other side of the desk. Looking over the monitor, Ken saw that his co-worker was slumped over and unconscious.
Fortunately, Ken was trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). He assessed the situation and acted upon his training. As a result, a life was saved.
Ken not only successfully performed CPR but also summoned for help to call 911 and directed someone to alert and guide the ambulance to the scene.
The Emergency Services Director at Robins Air Force Base and his assistants visited the project trailer last week and presented Ken with a Unit Coin, also called a Challenge Coin, shown in the image above. These coins have a long history in the military and are often given in recognition of outstanding performance. An inscription on the coin reads, "Presented for Excellence by the Emergency Services Director."
Ken Cheatwood’s heroism involves his actions in the moment of emergency but also his efforts to prepare for emergency through training. “I’m thankful that I had the proper training,” Ken said. “Thankful to Heery [for providing the training] and thankful that I was sitting across from him.”
As part of a company-wide commitment to safety and well-being, Heery offers CPR training to employees. In medical emergencies like those requiring CPR, every minute counts. While paramedics can be very quick to arrive on the scene, CPR can provide valuable life-saving support during the critical moments until an ambulance arrives.
If you’re not currently certified in CPR, or haven’t renewed your skills in the last 2 years, consider taking a CPR certification class. Here is a link to the Red Cross’s website where you can find classes at over 550 locations across the United States. http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/cpr