One of the hardest challenges in coming to the aid of someone in need is that initial moment of decision. We see someone in distress and it makes us feel stressful as well. It takes a little boost of resolve to override that and decide “yes, I will step up and offer my assistance.”
Sometimes that assistance is just keeping things calm and making the patient a little more comfortable, as ASHI instructor Kathleen Snyder at Lackawanna Trail High School in Jermyn, PA recently shared with us. One of her students, Jonathan Bowman, was at a bank with his father when the bank clerk suddenly slumped over her desk. Even though the clerk was having a seizure, Jon kept his cool, helped get the patient to the ground, and activated EMS.
With those simple actions, this young man made a difference in someone’s life. Thanks to both Kathleen and Jon for today’s inspiration!
When you want to recognize a hero in your community — a co-worker, your student, a family member, or friend, we want to help! Click on the link below to access our Good Samaritan nomination form. We’ll send a certificate ready to frame and a letter to recognize that good deed.
We also like to share our Good Samaritan submissions on our blog, to let the world know there are heroes all around us.
And don’t be shy if you yourself are the hero of the tale. Please join the conversation! Have you used your own CPR, AED, or first aid training to come to the aid of someone in need? How has emergency care training changed your life? You can use the nomination form or the comment fields below this blog post to share your story.
You never know when your story might be the one to motivate someone to get that training and learn to save a life themselves.
From all of us at ASHI, MEDIC First Aid, 24-7 EMS, 24-7 Fire, EMP Canada, and Summit Training Source, thank you for your courage to step outside your comfort zone and come to someone’s aid!