Quick thinking helps save a life

American Red Cross Emergency Services Specialist Tim Patton presents the American Red Cross Certificate of Recognition for Extraordinary Personal Action to Master Sgt. Robert C. Ritchie of the 188th Air Support Operations Squadron, NC Air National Guard. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian Christensen/145 Airlift Wing Public Affairs, Charlotte

On February 28, Coan Link was walking through the parking lot at an IHOP restaurant in Concord when a car lurched forward, pinning her leg between the bumper and the restaurant.

Photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian Christensen/145 Airlift Wing Public Affairs, Charlotte

Master Sgt. Robert Ritchie, of the NC Air National Guard, and his wife were pulling into IHOP when Coan was hit. Ritchie assessed the situation and noted that Link was bleeding profusely. Ritchie worried that Link would not survive without immediate attention. He instructed a bystander to call 911 as he removed his belt and applied to her leg as a tourniquet to slow the bleeding until emergency help arrived. He also asked that someone check on the driver of the vehicle.

Because of his quick thinking, Richie has been awarded the American Red Cross Certificate of Recognition for Extraordinary Personal Action.  This is one of the highest awards given by the Red Cross to an individual or team of individuals who saves or sustains a life by action that exemplifies the aims of the American Red Cross.  The certificate bears the signatures of the Chairman of the Board and Regional CEO of the American Red Cross.

Ritchie was able to help because he had the proper training. The Red Cross offers First Aid training as well as other life-saving skills. Visit www.redcross.org to sign up for a class today.

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