Two Gastonia employees put first aid skills to work

Pictured (from left): Chuck Bridger, community executive at the American Red Cross; Red Valve employee Netha Robbins; Ann Holt, Red Cross Nurses Aid Training manager; Red Valve employee Suzette Wilson; and Ben Payne, Red Valve plant manager.

The Gaston County Chapter of the American Red Cross recently awarded two local Red Valve employees with Certificates of Merit, which are the highest awards given by the Red Cross to an individual who sustains a life by using skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross course.

In January this year, Stella Holland arrived at work at Red Valve in Gastonia, complaining of chest pain. Thanks to the quick-thinking and skills of co-workers Netha Robbins and Suzette Wilson, Stella received the care and attention she needed.

Netha and Suzette Wilson called 911 and provided care – including utilizing an automated external defibrillator – until emergency medical help arrived. 

“We are thrilled that Netha and Suzette were able to put their Red Cross skills to good use and help Stella in her time of need,” said Chuck Bridger, local Red Cross community executive. “Situations like this illustrate the importance of being trained in CPR and first aid skills.”

Red Valve has been utilizing Red Cross CPR training for 12 years and has eight dedicated first responders in its plant.

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