BLOOMINGTON — A man who performed CPR on someone who experienced sudden cardiac arrest while playing basketball, a Pantagraph newspaper carrier who came to aid of an elderly man who had fallen in the snow and the Normal Community West High School freshman girls basketball team and, posthumously, volunteer Charlie Crabtree are among Central Illinois heroes who will be honored next month.
American Red Cross Serving Central Illinois on Monday announced who will be honored 7:30 to 9 a.m. Nov. 7 during the 15th annual Saluting Our Heroes Breakfast at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 10 Brickyard Drive, Bloomington.
"The heroes we have chosen this year are standouts in heart and action and we are humbled by their remarkable resolve in some of the toughest moments life can hand us," Red Cross Regional Executive Lyn Hruska said in a statement.
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Among heroes to be honored are bus driver Mark Kuhn, coaches Steve Price and Corey Ostling, the Normal West girls freshman basketball team and, posthumously, volunteer Charlie Crabtree.
Kuhn was driving the bus when it collided with a truck that was traveling in the wrong direction on Interstate 74 near Bloomington last December. Crabtree, a volunteer with the freshman girls basketball team, was killed as was the truck driver. Kuhn and Price were seriously injured but eight members of the team suffered only minor injuries.
Also honored will be:
- David Hammond, of Bloomington-Normal, who performed CPR to save the life of David Stokes when he had sudden cardiac arrest while playing basketball at Game Time Gym last December.
- Harvey Dorsey, of Bloomington, a Pantagraph newspaper carrier, who saved a 93-year-old man who had fallen in the snow in March.
- Jordan Curtis, of Sidney, who used her experience of getting caught in a storm in which power poles came down around her to develop a program with Ameren Illinois about how to respond if you are surrounded by downed power lines.