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Two students receive 
Rescuer Awards for helping friend

Tuesday, April 08, 2014   by: Staff



Last night, on April 7, 2014, the Sault Ste. Marie Branch of the Canadian Red Cross presented five individuals with Red Cross Rescuer Awards at the City Council meeting.

The Sault Ste. Marie Branch of the Canadian Red Cross is neighbours with Rosedale Public School. 

It is always a joy to look out to the school yard to see and hear the children playing and laughing during recess or physical education outdoor classes.  

November 4, 2013, was a very cold and windy day. 

Red Cross staff, Lora Lee Serré, had looked out the window and saw that a boy had fallen and wasn’t getting up after the bell rang. 

Lora Lee alerted another staff, Mara DeFazio, and they both went outside to assess the situation and brought out a blanket. 

Another Red Crosser came out with more blankets and observed that Matthew had seriously injured himself.

Meanwhile, Matthew’s friends were there to help also. 

Mitchell Della Vedova stayed with Matthew while their other buddy, Michael Shepard and Lora Lee went to the school for help. 

EMS was notified and so was Matthew’s father.  

The 3 staffer members, along with Mitchell and Michael ensured that Matthew was kept warm, still, and comforted until help could arrive. 

They made sure that Matthew was sheltered from the strong wind gusts.

The following day, Matthew’s mother contacted us to let us know that he had broken his ankle and to express her appreciation for the efforts to help him.

So often, when we think of First Aid and CPR, we automatically think of utilizing the Automatic External Defibrillator, doing CPR or stopping the bleeding – all of which are definitely important and vital functions of a first aider; but the first thing learned are the 3 C’s – Check, Call, Care. 

These first aiders “Check”ed to see what had happened and Matthew’s condition, “Call"ed for help, and “Care”d for Matthew until EMS arrived.  

Mitchell and Michael demonstrated not only smart, quick action, but also a willingness to help when help was needed.  

The Red Cross Rescuer Award is presented to non-professional rescuers or off-duty first responders who have volunteered to save a life, prevented further injury and/or provided comfort to the injured.

All five, the staff Lora Lee Serre, Mara DeFazio, Shelly Masters, and the 2 students, Mitchell Della Vedova and Michael Shepard demonstrated humanity, kindness and action to assist Matthew and to prevent further injury. 

It is for this reason that they were recommended and approved to receive the Red Cross Rescuer Awards.

If you have witnessed an off-duty responder or non-professional rescuer, volunteer to save a life, prevent further injury or provide comfort to an injured person, you can call the Red Cross office at 705-759-4547 or visit 105 Allard to pick up a nomination form. 

For information about our First Aid & CPR courses visit or call the Red Cross office.


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Sam C 4/8/2014 10:07:25 PM Report

Well done!!
Entitledtomyopinion 4/8/2014 10:47:10 PM Report

That's a fine example to set, boys. I hope others read this and follow suit!
Pakadeva 4/9/2014 3:15:46 AM Report

How awesome to recognize young people for a job well done! Forever buddies I bet:)
saldog 4/9/2014 9:51:34 AM Report

Way to go boys!! Many people, especially kids, wouldn't know what to do even if they wanted to help. Your gut instincts were good and you followed them. That shows incredible bravery and maturity!! A well deserved award and article.
Brietsy 4/9/2014 11:13:18 AM Report

Continue to be awesome boys.
thomas 4/9/2014 2:08:41 PM Report

It's always nice to hear about good deeds. You boys should be proud of yourselves. Keep up the good work!Kindness is never gone unappreciated.
soowat 4/9/2014 8:32:45 PM Report

MLGS 4/10/2014 8:41:20 AM Report

I'm Matthew's mom and I wanted to add my public thanks to Mitchell and Michael. My previous comment disappeared somehow...
Thank you guys, for being good friends when Matthew needed you. Your help was much appreciated and showed a kindness and maturity that is special.
I would also like to thank the ladies the Red Cross. They were so kind and compassionate, and even sent someone to emerg to follow up on how Matthew was doing and to make sure we were all okay. Thank you.
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