What’s it take to be recognized as a “Real Hero” by the American Red Cross?
For Islanders Bank employees Lori Brown, Tony Fyrqvist and Cindy Mullis, it was saving a life.
Brown, Fyrqvist and Mullis were among the many people honored by the Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross at its annual “Real Heroes” Breakfast, March 21, hosted by Swinomish Casino and Lodge. More than 250 people attended the breakfast, in which those who have demonstrated heroism through extraordinary courage and life-saving skills are honored and celebrated.
The Red Cross Islands chapter represents Fidalgo, Whidbey and the San Juan Islands.
Brown, Fyrqvist and Mullis quickly teamed up and administrated CPR to bank officer Terry Clem after his heart stopped while he was at work at his desk a year ago in June. Clem’s life was saved because of the quick and effective response of his fellow employees, according to San Juan Emergency Medical Service responders, who arrived at the scene shortly after Clem collapsed, and by the doctor that later treated him.
Roughly $16,000 was raised as part of the Real Heroes breakfast, an annual Red Cross fundraiser, and another $24,000 was donated by sponsors of the event. The $40,000 in donations will help support the Red Cross mission of alleviating suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and, through the generosity of donors, according to the Islands Chapter’s Earlene Rothaughe. For more information about Red Cross Islands Chapter visit, www.redcross.org/wa/anacortes.