A Bluffton man recently received honors from his community and from the President of the United States. Frank Szczepanik was awarded with the Lifesaving Certificate of Merit, the highest award given by the American Red Cross, for using his CPR skills to save an infant who was drowning in a pool at Mill Creek Plantation back in July.
"I learned CPR in the military. It was about a minute and a half, a long minute and a half. I just kept saying I hope this works. When she coughed up water and started crying, I knew everything was going to be alright then," said Szczepanik. "CPR only takes three to four hours to learn and get certified. If you never use it, then okay, but one day you may need it and you will know it."
The certificate bears the signature of the President of the United States, who is the honorary chairman of the American Red Cross.