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Spouse of USCGSC Coast Guardsman receives Red Cross highest award

By Senior Airman Joshua R. Maund | Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs | Aug. 1, 2020

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. —

Summervile, S.C. -- The wife of a U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston Coast Guardsmen received the Red Cross Certificate of Merit during a virtual ceremony in Charleston, South Carolina, July 7, 2020.

According to the Red Cross, the Certificate of Merit is the highest award given by the Red Cross to individuals who save or sustain a life using skills learned in a Red Cross Training Services course.

“I was very honored to be recognized and I hope it inspires others to get CPR certified as well,” said Misty Gilbert, a nanny and the spouse of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston Boatswain’s mate. “It was a very emotional day for me. It happened over a year ago, but very few people knew about it as it had been a very hard thing for me to talk about.”

In May of 2019, Gilbert was a nanny for, then 21-month-old Benson Davis. One day, he suddenly collapsed. Without hesitation, Gilbert dialed 911 and then began administering CPR. Shortly after paramedics arrived, Benson regained consciousness.

“As soon as Benson collapsed, adrenaline kicked in and it was a complete out of body experience,” said Gilbert. “I knew I had to be strong for him and also my son who witnessed the entire thing. I don’t think it kicked in how scared I was until the ambulance arrived and they put him on the stretcher. 

 “I would encourage everyone to get CPR and First Aid certified,” Gilbert continued. “You really never know when an occasion will arise that you will have to use it, and it really does save lives!”

To get the Basic Life Saving Support Training Gilbert utilized, contact a local Red Cross chapter to schedule a class.