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Red Cross recognizes South Sound residents

A Shelton man who jumped into the Deschutes River below Tumwater Falls to rescue an infant in a runaway stroller was among several people recognized Tuesday at the 15th annual Red Cross Real Heroes Breakfast of Thurston-Mason Counties.

The breakfast, a fundraiser for the Mount Rainier Chapter of the American Red Cross, drew about 300 people at the Saint Martin’s University Worthington Center. The keynote speaker was Maj. Gen. Timothy Lowenberg, adjutant general for the Washington Military Department. The honorees are as follows.

Medical-rescue heroes: Sgt. Ray Brady of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and Trooper Justin Eisfeldt of the Washington State Patrol. They performed CPR on a 56-year-old man who had collapsed while changing a flat tire.

Law enforcement: Lacey police officer Ken Westphal, who rescued a teenage girl from the College Street overpass after she appeared to be about to jump from the bridge.

Military hero: Army Capt. Jason Collins, who rescued a neighbor who was having a severe asthma attack.

Youth hero: Andrew Palmer, 5, who called 911 to report that his mother was unconscious and needed an injection because she had low blood sugar.

Spirit of the Red Cross hero: Robert Moffett, who jumped into the Deschutes River below Tumwater Falls to rescue an 8-month-old boy. He pulled the child from the river and performed CPR.

Workplace-safety heroes: Janice Rosen and Melissa Seipel, who performed CPR on a man who had collapsed at 5th Avenue Fitness.

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