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Cape May Coast Guard members presented DHS Life Saving Award

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CAPE MAY, N.J. (January 30, 2019)– Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Dunn and Petty Officer 3rd Class Molly McGill were presented with the Department of Homeland Security’s Chief Medical Officer Life Saving Award by Master Chief Petty Officer Jason Vanderhaden, the master chief petty officer of the Coast Guard, at Training Center Cape May, Monday.

On Feb. 13, 2018, McGill and Dunn were working out at the gym onboard the Training Center when they heard someone calling for help and the alarm sounding for the automated external defibrillator.

McGill and Dunn quickly went to the scene to offer assistance. Relying upon their training they quickly took control of the scene, evaluated the injured person and worked with their colleagues to perform CPR and set up the AED for use when it was determined the individual had no pulse.

McGill and Dunn alternated between chest compressions and using the AED to provide an electric shock. The stricken individual regained a pulse before being transferred to a waiting ambulance.

McGill is part of Training Center Cape May’s medical staff. Dunn is assigned to Small Boat Station Cape May.

The DHS CMO Life Saving Award recognizes DHS personnel for life-saving events where their direct actions resulted in a life being saved. The award is administered by the DHS Office of Health Affairs.