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Red Cross honors Acadiana citizens, first responders who saved woman's life

Posted at 6:30 PM, Dec 16, 2020

Several area residents and first responders were honored Wednesday night by the American Red Cross for saving the life of an Acadiana woman last December.

During a rehearsal on December 11, 2019, for an upcoming parade performance, a dancer with the Lagniappe Ladies dance group suffered a serious medical emergency.

The group's choreographer Rex Broussard, off-duty nurses and dance group members Carolyn Broussard and Maxi Crain, Red Cross employee and dance group member Kara Murphy, Acadian Ambulance paramedics, Jim Privat and Carson Hebert, as well as members of the Lafayette Fire Department Captain Eric Prejean, Firefighter Caleb Guidry, Engineer Steven Freehan and Firefighter First Class Joshua Bourgeois all utilized their First Aid/CPR/AED and professional training to save the life of Stephanie Campos.

Each of the above individuals was awarded the American Red Cross Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action Wednesday night. The award is given to an individual or team who sustain or save a life through live-saving training provided by an entity other than the Red Cross.

Stephanie Campos was in attendance Wednesday as well, along with representatives from the Red Cross, the Lafayette Fire Department, and Acadian Ambulance.

Carolyn Broussard, a nurse and member of the Lagniappe Ladies, said she hopes people see the importance of first aid training.

"So happy that she has her normal life back with her family. Her family is so grateful," Broussard commented. "I'm hoping everybody can see the important of training. Even though you don't do everything completely correctly, doing something is better than doing nothing."

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