A Nebraska woman received a surprise Friday evening. Danelle Schlegelmilch is the communications director for the American Red Cross – Nebraska, southwest Iowa division and says they presented Martha Connot with a National American Red Cross Certificate of Merit. This is the highest award given to someone who helps save a life by using the skills taught in American Red Cross safety classes.
It was one year ago Connot was preparing for the annual St. Cecilia Cathedral flower show when another woman fell and hit her head. Martha was trained in first aid by the Red Cross and she stopped the bleeding and comforted the woman until paramedics arrived. Schlegelmilch says they were very happy to present Connot with the award at the same flower show where one year ago she saved a woman’s life.
The certificate Martha will receive bears the signature of President Obama, who was an honorary chairman of the American Red Cross.
Schlegelmilch urges everyone to take the time and attend one of their many life saving classes. The Nebraska – southwest Iowa region covers eight counties in Iowa and all the way from the Missouri River west to Scottsbluff in Nebraska.