St. Louis Heroes Honored By The Red Cross

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Master Sergeant David Pinkham is a modest guy.

'Without questioning or waiver we do it so someone else doesn't have to,' says Master Sergeant David Pinkham of the 932nd Civil Engineer Squadron.  'Then we do it cause we love it.'

Pinkham is a real life bomb diffuser like the ones you see in the movie 'the Hurt Locker.'
In his last tour to Iraq and Afghanistan he was responsible for rendering more than 50 bombs useless - sometimes by hand.

'It's a voluntary military so we choose to go over there and I choose to do that and I chose to disarm these bombs,' says Pinkham who has received the Bronze Star Medal for bravery and acts of merit.  'But these people I'm standing with have found themselves in extraordinary situations and they reacted accordingly.'

Today Pinkham and others were honored for their actions at the Red Cross Lifesaver Awards breakfast.

'First of all they're getting trained and that's what we really want to encourage,' says Red Cross Regional CEO Cindy Erickson.  'We need for everyone to be trained in CPR, First-Aid, how to use an AED because you never know when you're going to need to use those skills.'

Like these three moms who saved six year old Ellie Kleffner at a pool party in August.

'I was watching and scanning all the heads of the girls in the pool and I noticed someone went down the slide,' recalls Darla Hollowood.  'I didn't even know who it was and she didn't come right back up.'

'I realized that there was something that was probably wrong and that`s when I jumped in and pulled her up,' says Cara Merritt.  'When I pulled her up I realized there was a problem cause she was pretty much motionless and started yelling to call 911.'

'We'd all been recently certified and I had been certified for about 15 years and I didn't think I just did it,' says Whitney Brickner.  'I started the rescue breathing and she wasn't breathing and she needed to breath.'

Do they consider themselves heroes?

'Nope,' says Hollowood.

'No,' says Merritt.

'Nope,' adds Brickner.

Sure the superheroes from the silver screen are great.
But your little known lifesavers are even better.
Patrick Clark, News 11.

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