Red Cross Lifesaving Award for Professional Responders is presented for using training skills to save a life

Kristofer Jones & Hannah Shaffer

Hannah Shaffer and Kristofer Jones recently called on their American Red Cross training to save the life of a student athlete when the student had a seizure in the pool during a water polo game. For this heroic and lifesaving action, Shaffer and Jones each received the Red Cross Lifesaving Award for Professional Responders in a ceremony at the Red Cross office in Houston.

The Lifesaving Award for Professional Responders is the highest award given by the Red Cross to individuals or group of individuals who save or sustain a life using skills learned in a Red Cross Training Services course.

“We’re extremely proud to present a Lifesaving Award for Professional Responders to Hannah and Kristofer,” said Charles K. Blake, Jr., Regional Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast region.  “Hannah and Kristofer’s fast thinking and actions exemplify our mission to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.”

This past April, Hannah and Kristofer were in a situation where their Red Cross training came into use. During a Water Polo game a student-athlete started having a seizure in the pool.  When the student started convulsing she was removed from the pool and Hannah and Kristofer immediately jumped to her aid. They immediately checked her vitals and the student was able to expel water from her system. Once the student was coherent, they moved her to a private location, called 9-1-1 and her family.

Red Cross training gives people the knowledge and skills to act in an emergency and save a life. A variety of online, blended (online and in-person skills session) and classroom courses are available at

If you or someone you know has used skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Training Services course to help save or sustain the life of another individual, visit to nominate, recognize, or be inspired.

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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.