POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (May 31, 2012) - City of Kingston Alderwoman Debbie Brown, R-Ward 9 will be awarded the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit in recognition of her lifesaving skills during an incident that took place in October 2011.  
 
Brown will receive the citation and medal at the American Red Cross of the Mid-Hudson Valley's Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, June 5 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Dutchess Golf & Country Club in Poughkeepsie.
 
The Certificate of Merit is the highest award given by the American Red Cross to a nominated individual(s) who saves or sustains a human life and has successfully completed an American Red Cross course in First Aid, CPR, AED or aquatics prior to the performance of the lifesaving or life-sustaining act.
 
***This certificate is signed by the President of the United States and the Chairman of the American Red Cross.
 
According to the witness statement given by  Brown's brother Pat Covington, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011  Brown's aunt Marcy was just finishing breakfast with family members when it suddenly appeared as if she had had a stroke or heart attack.  Brown took immediate action by checking her aunt for signs of breath and pulse, she then instructed her brother to call 911 for help. When Brown realized that her aunt had stopped breathing, she began to administer CPR via chest compressions and mouth to mouth resuscitation. Brown continued to perform compressions and breathing for a significant period of time, when she realized that she was becoming extremely tired she instructed her son (who was at the breakfast) how to properly perform rescue breathing while she continued chest compressions. Brown and her son performed CPR for approximately twenty minutes until the paramedics and EMT's arrived at the scene. The emergency responders praised Brown's actions and were able to revive Brown's aunt through the use of an AED. Brown's actions and prior Red Cross training in lifesaving skills helped save the life of her aunt.