UMaine Community Members to be Recognized for Lifesaving Efforts

Craig Russell and Kristen Russell, two members of the University of Maine’s event safety team in the Department of Safety and Environmental Management, will be among those honored as “Real Heroes” by the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross of Maine. The Real Heroes program recognizes “ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” going above and beyond to serve others. The Russells were cited for their quick actions that saved the life of a man attending the Sportsmen’s Show on campus in 2014. The two were the first responders on the scene when one of the attendees went into cardiac arrest and stopped breathing. The Russells radioed for an ambulance, performed CPR and used an AED on the man, who was breathing and talking by the time medical personnel arrived. This year’s Heroes Breakfast will be April 15 at Jeff’s Catering and Event Center, Brewer. More information is online.