On February 16, 2012, Buckle teammates joined together over the lunch hour to enjoy an office potluck. Because of the crowd, Brenda Grantzinger didn't sit at her usual table, and Lynn Tank is extremely grateful that Brenda ended up near hers.
Midway through her lunch, Lynn began to choke. "I remember hearing someone coughing" Brenda said. "Then I heard my name being called. Kay Watson had noticed that Lynn was having trouble." Kay knew her friend was in trouble and she also knew that Brenda had been trained in CPR and First Aid.
Looking back on that day, Brenda says, "It confirmed to me the importance of knowing first aid and CPR. You just never know when you'll need to use it to help someone, whether it's a stranger or someone you know."
Because she was certified in CPR and First Aid by the American Red Cross, and because she used the lifesaving skills she had learned during training to save Lynn's life, Brenda was presented with the Certificate of Merit, which is the highest award offered by the organization and is also signed by President Barack Obama. Kay also received a Certificate of Recognition for her quick action upon noticing Lynn was in distress.
The Red Cross offers regular classes to the public and advanced registration is required. For more information or to register for a class visit www.redcross.org/takeaclass or call 1-800-REDCROSS.