Bayport presents lifesaving award

Bayport Police Chief Laura Eastman poses with Emily Druffner July 10, after presenting her a lifesaving award for her actions at St. Charles Catholic Church May 28. (Photo courtesy of the city of Bayport)

Emily Druffner, a registered nurse at Regions Hospital, was presented with a lifesaving award by Bayport Police Chief Laura Eastman July 10.

While attending a service at St. Charles Catholic Church on the morning of May 28, Druffner noticed an elderly man slumped over and unresponsive in a pew.

According to the award, she assessed the situation and performed CPR on the man. By the time emergency personnel arrived, the man was semiconscious and had started breathing on his own.

“I wish to formally recognize you for your response to this incident and believe you saved this person’s life with your quick thinking and actions,” Eastman wrote to Druffner. “I commend you for your exceptional attentiveness and commitment to public health. Your actions clearly reflect upon your outstanding abilities and compassion for others.”

In her nearly 11 years as chief, Eastman has only given two lifesaving awards to citizens, she said.

The chief also gave a commendation to Peggy Franklin, who provided Druffner with nitroglycerin to administer to the man.