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Uploaded on Mar 10, 2014
Last August, Ryan Cook, a security guard at ESPN, was spending time in a local park when a woman approached him and struck up a conversation about his ESPN t-shirt. Finding out he worked there, the woman and her grandson began asking questions about ESPN and the famous people Ryan had probably met. The young boy was eating a sandwich during the conversation and began to choke. Ryan recalled his CPR and first aid training and immediately went into action, giving the boy a combination of back blows and abdominal thrusts to dislodge the food successfully.
It wasn't the first time Ryan has gone out of his way to help another, said his nominator. During the February 2013 blizzard, Ryan came upon a motorist stranded in the snow. When he had gotten stuck, he got out of the vehicle and accidentally locked the doors, leaving his cell phone inside and the engine running. He had been out in the cold with no gloves for more than an hour. Ryan offered help and, using a punch tool, broke a small side window allowing the driver access to his car. Ryan then helped shovel him out and gave the man his shovel in case he needed it again on the trip home.
Ryan is an active volunteer, devoting time to the American Red Cross, the Town of Prospect Citizen Emergency Response Team and the State of Connecticut Incident Management Team. His training and volunteer service equipped Ryan to be in the right place at the right time. "There truly is no greater reward than knowing you helped someone," Ryan said.