Lebanon, NH, December 17, 2018 —In March, 2018, Marie Derosier, Denise Holden, and Alena Pardoe of Carter Community Building Association (CCBA) Witherell Recreation Center called on their American Red Cross training in First Aid/CPR/AED to save the life of recreation center member Dave Kelty. Kelty was found in a stairwell unconscious and barely breathing while experiencing heart failure, and the three CCBA employees immediately responded. For this heroic and lifesaving action, Derosier, Holden, and Pardoe received the Red Cross Certificate of Merit in a ceremony at CCBA held on December 14.
The Certificate of Merit is the highest award given by the Red Cross to individuals who save or sustain a life using skills learned in a Red Cross Training Services course.
“We’re extremely proud to present these three Certificates of Merit,” said Maria Devlin, CEO of American Red Cross of New Hampshire and Vermont. “We at the Red Cross don’t often get to see how our work actually affects someone’s life. You have demonstrated why training is so important, and we thank you for modeling the values of the Red Cross and bringing our mission to life.”
The Certificates of Merit were presented by Devlin at the CCBA facility. The presentation was attended by CCBA and Red Cross staff, the three nominees, and by Dave Kelty. The certificates are signed by the President of the United States, who is the honorary chairman of the American Red Cross, and the Chairman of the American Red Cross. The honorees were also presented with a special medal and pin by the Red Cross.
“The gratefulness and respect I feel is sometimes overwhelming,” Kelty said. “I’d like to thank CCBA from the Board level down for making sure there are qualified people here, and for providing them with time to practice and prepare. I am very blessed and very thankful for these three ladies.”
Derosier, Holden, and Pardoe had just completed the CPR/AED class when the incident occurred. Employees of the fitness center are required to keep up with training and preparedness in the event that a situation like Kelty’s occurs. At CCBA, Derosier serves as Program Director, Holden is the Member Services Coordinator, and Pardoe is the Personal Training Coordinator.
Red Cross training gives people the knowledge and skills to act in an emergency and save a life. A variety of online, blended (online and in-person skills session) and classroom courses are available at redcross.org/takeaclass.
If you or someone you know has used skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Training Services course to help save or sustain the life of another individual, visit LifesavingAwards.org to nominate, recognize, or be inspired.