TOPEKA, KS – Two Marysville lifeguards got a big honor Tuesday morning, when the Kansas Area Chapter of the American Red Cross gave them a special award.
Two sisters, and lifeguards, never thought they would see the day they would use their training outside of their hometown pool.
“No one really knew what they were doing, or it looked like it, and my sister said ‘his air way needs to be open’ and everyone just kind of moved out of the way and she got down and held his head while I performed CPR,” said Allison Manley.
That all changed this summer at a Kansas City hotel’s pool when Allison and her sister, Liz Manley, saved 4-year-old Myles Didde’s life with CPR. A skill they had brushed up on just days before.
“Liz and Allison did the lions share… I mean 90% of the reason he’s here today is because of what they did,” said Jon Didde.
Myles’ dad, Jon, says everything happened in less than 10 minutes on June 15th, but those minutes felt like hours.
“His life flashes, before your eyes,” said Didde.
Tuesday, the Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, awarded the teens Certificates of Extraordinary Personal Actions.
“It’s really an honor. It’s exciting,” said Liz Manley.
Didde says he was lucky to have someone who knew what they were doing to save his son’s life, and he values every second with him.
“It’s the best thing in the world. Best thing in the world,” said Didde.
They all agree that the whole experience has magnified the importance of CPR.
“CPR is real. And I would encourage people to take it or take courses on it so they know, cause it can happen anywhere,” said Liz Manley.
The sisters both say this experience is something they will carry with them forever.
Didde says Myles is doing wonderful now and is back in the pool — learning to swim. He also has decided to bring CPR training to his work at Edward Jones. And he’s planned a citizen CPR course in October.