‘Angell’ walks among us

MCAS NEW RIVER, N.C. — “Help,” cried a stranger moments after running a small child over with his truck.

No verbal answer came … only action.

The child’s father sprinted from his house and through his yard to assess the situation. He saw something no father wants to see – his four-year-old son lying on the pavement without a pulse and not breathing.

His wife, 18-weeks pregnant, was on her knees, crying and screaming for him to not let her baby die.

He administered two breaths, checked for a pulse, gave chest compressions and then more rescue breaths. Emergency Medical Services arrived to find the child breathing.

At the hospital, his wife put her arms around him. She thanked him for saving her child.

For his actions, the Red Cross awarded Gunnery Sgt. Shawn D. Angell a Certificate of Merit during an award ceremony at the Rotary Community Center in Bluffton, S.C., Aug. 21.

“The award is a very big deal,” said Mike Kelley, Red Cross Health and Safety Services director. “Our whole mission at the Red Cross is to save lives. Our motto is, ‘Together we can save a life.’ It’s all about sustaining and saving lives. It’s very important we recognize individuals for that.”

Angell was able to save his son because of all the training he received when he was a water survival instructor and a drill instructor. The Red Cross recognized him because he volunteered his time with the Red Cross and is also as a certified Red Cross life guard.

“I was an instructor at Parris Island teaching all of this,” said Angell. “I was in charge of teaching all of the Marines life-saving skills and cardiopulmonary resuscitation and was the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the pool deck. I ensured all life-saving skills were on key, so when it came time to useit on my son it was second nature.“Personally I don’t think it is that big of a deal. (The award) isn’t for

glory,” added Angell, who is currently the Marine Heli-copter Training Squadron 302 maintenance control room NCOIC. “I’m just glad he is alive.”Timothy is fine now. Angell said he doesn’t

care about the award. He is just glad that his son is alive. He just did what any other father, Marine or drill instructor would have done in that situation.


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