Orange County Red Cross honors three City of Irvine heroes

When a 93-year-old gentleman suffered a medical emergency while swimming laps, Red Cross-trained lifeguard Daphne Harnish quickly entered the water to save his life. Jennifer Priest then assisted Daphne in lifting the man from the water and took the lead by checking for any signs of life he may have been exhibiting. After realizing that the man had no pulse and was not breathing, Jennifer and Daphne began CPR with Daphne performing chest compression and Jennifer with rescue breaths. Melanie Franceschini assisted the rescue effort by assembling the recreation center’s automated emergency defibrillator and monitored the patient while Jennifer and Daphne continued CPR until emergency medical services arrived at the scene.

July 12, 2016 –  American Red Cross honors three City of Irvine employees with the American Red Cross Lifesaving Award. Pictured L to R: American Red Cross Desert to the Sea CEO Linda Voss, OC Board Member Shishir Shah, Melanie Franceschini, Daphne Harnisch, Jennifer Priest, and City of Irvine Mayor Steven Choi

For having exemplified the highest degree of concern for another human being in distress, Daphne Harnish, Jennifer Priest, and Melanie Franceschini are being awarded the Lifesaving Award, which is one of the highest honors given by the American Red Cross. It is awarded to those who save or sustain life by applying skills attained from an American Red Cross Preparedness and Health and Safety Services course. The Lifesaving Award certificates bear the signatures of the President, CEO, and Chairman of the American Red Cross.

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