Mon Jun 10, 2019
Author: RV News
Keystone RV's Eddie Sanchez is being recognized with an award for saving the life of a coworker. Sanchez, a group leader, jumped into action at around 7:20 a.m. on May 7 when he heard screams and panicked shouts. Not far away, his fellow employee Marlene Gingerich was choking and struggling to breathe.
Having taken the company’s first-responder training, Sanchez knew exactly what to do. Calm and collected, he gave her the Heimlich maneuver, repeating it several times until Gingerich's airway was clear and she could breathe again.
"Although I've gone through the training at least five different times, nothing can truly prepare you for something like that. It's one of those things you automatically react to," Sanchez said. “All I have to say is, it's extremely important to take classes like that very seriously. You never know when you'll need to use those skills.”
Keystone's annual classes are free for employees. They’re taught by a certified member of the American Heart Association. After training in First Aid and CPR, employees are recognized by the AHA as a certified first responders.
Keystone RV's President and CEO Jeff Runnels, visited the plant to honor Sanchez with his award.
"We recognize many things here at Keystone, but when we come across a situation like this, it is a very big deal," he said. "It's important that we take the time to recognize the people (who) make a difference, in this company."
Pictured left to right: Eddie Sanchez, Marlene Gingerich and Jeff Runnels.