Santa Rosa County, FL

03/28/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/28/2018 10:10

County recognizes 9-1-1 heroes

Friday, March 23 - The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners and emergency management staff presented 9-1-1 Hero awards to the bystanders who saved the life of cardiac arrest victim Randal Leonard at the Walmart Supercenter in Navarre.

The good Samaritans included the 9-1-1 caller Nicole Wright; Walmart associate Rhonda Crenshaw and former firefighter Mickey O'Reilly who each took turns administering CPR; and Walmart co-manager Michael Whitaker who assisted in getting responders to the victim. Santa Rosa Sheriff Deputy Sheri Stovall, who delivered the AED shock; as well as Holley-Navarre Fire District, Lifeguard Ambulance Service and ShandsCair 6 who responded to the emergency were also recognized.

'This is the perfect example of being prepared,' said Emergency Management Director Brad Baker. 'Recognizing someone having a medical emergency, early access to 9-1-1 and knowing how to perform CPR can be the difference between life and death. Our CPR-trained 9-1-1 heroes made the difference in this outcome.'

According to the American Heart Association, almost 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person's chance of survival. Santa Rosa County will offer Community CPR on Sat., June 2. To register, visit or call 850-983-4609

'The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office and their CPR-trained deputies like Sheri Stovall are a great asset to our county,' said District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson. 'Our multi-tiered response system starts with the first call to 9-1-1 and gets a professional responder to an emergency scene as quickly as possible. With rapid response from good Samaritans, medically trained dispatchers and highly skilled first responders, lives are positively impacted on a daily basis.'

Recently an additional radio antenna was installed in the nearby Whispering Pines area boosting the signal and greatly improving reception within the Walmart Supercenter.