Aurora Fire Paramedics to be Honored by Red Cross for Off-Duty Save
Captain and Paramedic Siegfried Klein of the Aurora Fire Department along with his wife, RN Amy Klein, and friends RN Shelly Sones and Heidi Ammons, are being honored by the Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross with the 2013 “Professional Lifesaver” award in recognition of their lifesaving actions to save a drowning child from the bottom of a pool.
The group was at the Shenandoah Community Swimming Pool with their children for a birthday party when Heidi noticed a child at the bottom of the pool. She dived in and recovered 4-year-old Maya Henderson. Captain Klein and the rest of the group assessed her lifeless body and found her to have no pulse. Shelly immediately started chest compressions, while Amy instructed a neighbor to call 911 and kept Maya’s mother calm. When Maya showed signs of efforts to breathe, Captain Klein turned Maya prone and delivered back blows, after which Maya started crying and vomiting water – a sign that she had returned to consciousness! She was alert again as her mother comforted her while waiting for an ambulance to take her to Parker Adventist Hospital.
Maya’s life was saved and tragedy averted as a result of this team’s fast action.
Siegfried, Amy, Shelly and Heidi will be presented with Red Cross Professional Lifesaver Award at the annual American Red Cross Breakfast of Champions on Friday, March 8, in Denver. The Breakfast of Champions is the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter’s largest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds benefit local Red Cross services such as disaster response, preparedness education, services to the armed forces, and lifesaving training like CPR, First Aid and AED.
We hope you will join your colleagues in wishing Siegfried congratulations and consider purchasing tickets to attend the Breakfast of Champions to cheer the group on as they receive their award. Event and ticket information can be found at www.redcross.org/Colorado-BOC.
Patricia Billinger | Regional Communications Director
American Red Cross
Mile High Region