APRIL 27, 2015
Pikeville employee used Adult First Aid/CPR/AED training to help save the life of Jim Reid at the Gold Ring Diner in Elkhorn City…
PIKEVILLE, Ky., April 26, 2015 – Kentucky Power electrician Nathan Newsome was honored on Monday with the American Red Cross Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action and the AEP Chairman’s Life Saving Award. Newsome used American Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR/AED training to help save the life of Jim Reid at the Gold Ring Diner in Elkhorn City in January. The award presentation took place at Kentucky Power’s Pikeville Service Center at 3249 North Mayo Trail in Pikeville.
“We are proud of Nathan and his heroic efforts to help a stranger in need,” said Kentucky Power President Greg Pauley. “When others were unsure what to do, he did not hesitate to step in and put the Red Cross lifesaving first and CPR skills he learned on the job at Kentucky Power to use. His quick decision is a source of pride and inspiration to all of us.”
When Newsome stopped by the Gold Ring Diner in Elkhorn City on Jan. 15, he planned to grab a quick burger and fries and then head back to work. “While I was sitting there waiting on my lunch, I heard a thumping noise over my left shoulder; it sounded like someone fell,” Newsome said. “I turned around to see what it was and the elderly man that was sitting behind me was choking.” Newsome, a 5-year Kentucky Power employee, had training in CPR and First Aid. He quickly jumped up to help.
“Everyone started thanking me for my help and I explained I just did what I had been trained to do. I always appreciated the fact Kentucky Power valued their employees enough to provide safety training. After this, I appreciate it even more. It feels really good to know you made a difference and knew what to do to help someone.”
Nick Akins, AEP’s president and chief executive officer, also will present the AEP Chairman’s Life Saving Award. “I am always moved, but never surprised, when I hear that an AEP employee steps up to help someone in need,” Akins said. “Nathan’s actions exemplify what we stand for and who we strive to be at Kentucky Power and AEP. We are incredibly proud of him for using the life-saving skills that he’s learned as an AEP employee to save the life of a stranger.”
The Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action is given by the American Red Cross to an individual or team of individuals who saves or sustains a life by using skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Health and Safety Services course.
“Every day ordinary people make extraordinary contributions by putting their needs aside to help others in times of crisis,” said Joanna King, executive director of the Eastern Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We are proud to present Nathan with this award. He had the courage to step up, take charge and use his Red Cross training to assist someone in a true emergency.”
The American Red Cross offers a wide variety of Health and Safety classes that meet the needs of the general public, workplaces, schools and organizations. For more information, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS.
Kentucky Power, with headquarters in Frankfort, Ky., serves approximately 172,000 customers in 20 eastern Kentucky counties. It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., with more than 5 million customers in 11 states. Visit www.kentuckypower.com for more.