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2000, May 24
Students of Apollo College Rescue of a Police Officer's Life and Become Red Cross "Real Heroes 2000"
PHOENIX - On May 24th, 2000 at 7:00-9:00 a.m. at the Arizona Biltmore Breakfast, The Red Cross will be present Apollo College student Ruthie Evans and her classmates the "REAL HEROES 2000" award.
On September 16th Apollo College student Ruthie Evans and her classmates were listening to a lecture in the Respiratory Therapist Program when suddenly they heard a loud explosion on I-17 between Dunlap & Northern. The students ran from their classroom to the roadside where they viewed a downed Police Officer lying in the middle of traffic. In route to a 911, call Officer Bill Shantz had hit the median wall in front of Apollo College on I-17 freeway at high speed and was thrown from his motorcycle and knocked unconscious.
The Apollo students were the first on the scene to respond with their emergency training in CPR and First Aid. "First, I quickly stabilized him then began administering CPR," said Ruthie Evans. "The students continued talking to me the whole time, telling me I was going to make it. This was comforting to hear when I was not sure of my injuries," said Officer Shantz. The other Apollo students called the paramedics and the emergency crews directing them to the scene.
Once paramedics arrived at the scene, they then took over the rescue operation. Officer Shantz was rushed to the emergency room where emergency crews were complimentary to the students on their life saving techniques. The emergency crews said the officer was going into shock and it was the student's intervention that had helped him hang on.
The following month a ceremony for the four heroes was held at the Phoenix Campus. Officers of the Police Department presented them with a Humanitarian Award. Recovering Officer Shantz and his wife attended the ceremony while she thanked the students for saving her husband. Laughs, hugs & flowers were exchanged as the students checked out the officer's injuries. "I love them all," said Officer Shantz. "This was the most rewarding thing we have ever done. It was a total adrenaline rush for me" said Ruthie Evans. Covered by helicopter and broadcast on all Phoenix TV News Stations, The students say they are proud of what they have done and especially proud of their award.
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