Evansville church hosts ceremony to honor first responders, neighbors who saved man’s life

Evansville church hosts ceremony to honor first responders, neighbors who saved man’s life
Published: Dec. 5, 2021 at 9:30 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2021 at 11:46 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department honored the life-saving efforts of first responders and community members this weekend at a recognition ceremony.

The ceremony was held at Eagle’s View Church in Evansville on Sunday evening.

Perry Township VFD holds this award ceremony annually, but this year, there were some guests of honor.

On October 9, crews were dispatched to Harry Kellams’ home. He fell unconscious while mowing his lawn, and his neighbor jumped in to immediately start giving CPR.

While waiting for crews to arrive, an off-duty nurse was driving by and stopped to help.

“We got on scene roughly in four minutes, and within 12 minutes we got a pulse back in the gentleman, and he is alive today because of that,” Fire Captain Keith Mosby.

Crews say when it comes to CPR, timing is everything. They say the neighbor’s quick thinking to start it right away, made all the difference.

“I’ll go ahead and tell you if it wasn’t for them, this man probably would not have lived because by the time we got on scene, there was the potential for catastrophic damage to his brain and everything that even if we were to get a pulse back, he probably would not have been able to survive,” Mosby said.

Each person that helped that day was honored with the Lifesaver Award.

Crews say it’s not every day a person can get to thank someone for their help face-to-face.

“There’s many times we don’t even know the names of the people that stop to help, but we were able to get that information,” Mosby said. “And because they saved this guy’s life, we were able to give them an award today and thank them in person.”

Kellams now gets to keep smiling on his road to recovery.

Perry Township fire crews are encouraging everyone to get CPR certified because you never know when you could help someone in need.

The department offers $20 certification classes. You can call their non-emergency line at (812) 424-8381 to get signed up.

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