CRANBERRY TWP — Bruce Mazzoni is thankful for his training in how to save a life.
The township supervisor received the Hero Award from the Cranberry Township EMS at Thursday night's meeting for using his CPR training to save a man's life while on vacation in Florida earlier this year.
Jeff Kelly, executive director of Cranberry Township EMS, said he received an email from Mazzoni in March thanking him for providing CPR certification training because he used it recently.
Mazzoni was in his condo when he heard a boy yelling for help for his grandfather at the pool. Mazzoni ran down five flights of stairs, pulled the man out of the water and began performing CPR until EMS got there to stabilize the man.
“It was really amazing. It was surreal,” Mazzoni said.
The man was searching for the identity of his rescuer a few weeks later and found out that it was Mazzoni. The two spoke and Mazzoni learned that the man has had a pacemaker installed and is doing fine, all things considered.
“It's incredible to see him a couple weeks later doing perfectly well,” Mazzoni said.
Mazzoni was unassuming about his heroic actions. He urged everyone to get certified in CPR if they had not already done so.
“There are guys who work EMS their whole careers and don't get to save a life,” Kelly said. “And Bruce gets to do it while on vacation.”