Thursday, February 1, 2024

Austin City Council Member Kelly Honors CERT Participant’s Life-Saving Efforts

In a remarkable display of courage and selflessness, Diane McCrary LaGrone emerged as a local hero after saving a life in a courageous rescue that unfolded in Austin while volunteering with Meals on Wheels. The incident occurred when Mrs. LaGrone arrived to deliver a meal and faced a medical emergency with the person she was delivering food to. Without hesitation, she used skills gained at a recent Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class instructed by Council Member Kelly and Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services (ACTEMS) Commander Kane.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates individuals about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills. Participants learn how to respond safely and effectively to emergencies and support professional responders during times of crisis.

Eyewitnesses at the scene commended Mrs. LaGrone for administering life-saving measures when the moment called for immediate action. Local emergency responders acknowledged her crucial role in preventing a potential tragedy upon their arrival.

 "This incident highlights the importance of the CERT program and the impact it can have on individuals' ability to respond in times of crisis. I commend Diane for her quick thinking and commend EMS Commander Kane for his support. Together, they exemplify the spirit of service and dedication that makes Austin a stronger and safer city," said Council Member Kelly.

In recognition of their extraordinary courage and efforts, Council Member Kelly presented both Mrs. LaGrone and Commander Kane with the City of Austin Distinguished Service Awards. The ceremony happened today at Austin City Hall, where the recipients were honored for their exceptional contributions to the community.

“Having civilians that are trained and ready to act in an emergency is invaluable to us as first responders, as bystanders play a critical role in the chain of survival,” said ATCEMS Chief Robert Luckritz. “I am incredibly proud of Commander Kane for his unwavering commitment to emergency preparedness education, and empowering community members like Mrs. LaGrone with the skills and knowledge to help save lives.”

Diane's story is an inspiring reminder of the impact ordinary individuals can have when faced with extraordinary circumstances and equipped with life-saving skills. The community rallies behind all our residents, like Diane, grateful for their quick and courageous actions that undoubtedly changed lives forever.

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