Two officers with the University of Oregon Department of Public Safety and a UO journalism faculty member received awards as “Everyday Heroes” from the American Red Cross Oregon Pacific Chapter on March 15.
Officer Adam Lillengreen was recognized as a “Professional Rescue Hero” for his part in pulling an unconscious UO student out of a burning apartment last June. Lillengreen also credits Lieutenant Andy Bechdolt for helping to search the smoke-filled apartment for residents.
Officer Andrew Johnson and journalism senior instructor Mark Blaine were recognized as “Adult Life Saving Heroes” for their teamwork in resuscitating a UO student who collapsed on campus last November. Blaine saw the student collapse and immediately began CPR, while Johnson quickly brought
an Automated External Defibrillator to apply a life-saving shock. The student was taken to the hospital and eventually recovered fully.
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. The Oregon Pacific Chapter serves more than 711,000 individuals in Benton, Coos, Douglas, Lane, and Linn Counties. The annual “Everyday Heroes” luncheon honors ordinary people who perform extraordinary lifesaving and compassionate acts.