During Tuesday’s LaGrange City Council Meeting, the American Red Cross recognized a local woman who saved a man’s life. The heroic woman, Kendall Anderson, was honored for jumping into action and performing CPR on a man that ultimately helped save his life.
Last spring, Anderson and her family went to visit a strawberry farm. As they arrived, she heard screams and noticed a man lying on the ground, not breathing. Anderson immediately began chest compressions and instructed he man’s wife to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation as she continued compressions.
They continued until the man eventually began to breathe again on his own. Anderson then stayed with the man and his wife until emergency medical services arrived and took him to the hospital.
“This man is alive today because of Kendall and what she did, her quick thinking, and her response during an emergency situation,” said local Red Cross Director Connie Hensler.
Hensler presented Anderson with the American Red Cross Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action, which is given to individuals who step up in an emergency situation to save or sustain a life.
‘You exemplify the mission of the Red Cross to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies,’ said Hensler.
Along with the plaque, Anderson received a standing ovation from the audience and council for her heroic actions.
In other business, the council unanimously approved an amendment to the Alcoholic Beverage Code that will allow for large venues to sell alcoholic beverages. Previously, events were only allowed to sell alcohol in conjunction with a licensed restaurant or private club. The change simply allows for an exception for outdoor entertainment facilities with seating capacity of over 700, such as Sweetland Amphitheatre. Sweetland is currently in the process to obtain a license to sell spirituous liquors.
The council was also addressed by representatives from the Shriners Club, who requested that city’s solicitation ordinance be modified to allow them to be permitted to seek car side donations.
LaGrange Shriners Club Vice President Shane Bates advised that their annual contribution to the Shriners Hospitals for Children was down about $10,000 due, in part, to not being able to solicit donations within streets in the city. They still managed to contribute about $25,000 locally, but that only goes so far when the overall organization spends $2.5 million per day operate its children’s hospitals, at no cost to families.
The group simply asked that they be permitted to seek donations around Lafayette Square on weekends when traffic is lighter.
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Tommy Murphy Staff Writer