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Mayor Bowser to Recognize Heroes who Worked Together to Return the Pulse and Save the Life of DC Resident on Election Day

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Mayor and Survivor will Present Cardiac Arrest Save Coins to Bystanders, Including Jenny Reed - Mayor Bowser’s Budget Director, and First Responders who Assisted in this Courageous Effort

(Washington, DC) – On Thursday, December 20, at 11 am, Mayor Bowser will honor a group of quick thinking citizens, which includes Jenny Reed - Mayor Bowser’s Director of the Office of Budget and Performance Management, and first responders who saved the life of Charles Gordon who suffered from cardiac arrest this past Election Day. Mr. Gordon, a long time DCPS employee and former custodian at Barnard Elementary School, was waiting in line to vote at the Barnard Elementary School when he collapsed in cardiac arrest. Bystanders trained in CPR rushed to Mr. Gordon’s assistance, while others retrieved the school’s Automated External Defibrillator. They were assisted over the phone by a 911 call taker from the District’s Office of Unified Communications. The bystanders shocked the patient twice and upon the arrival of DC Fire and EMS on the scene, the patient was conscious and breathing.

Mayor Bowser and Mr. Gordon will honor these individuals by presenting them with the DC Fire and EMS Cardiac Arrest Save Coin.

Thursday, December 20, at 11 am

Mayor Muriel Bowser
Dr. Robert Holman, Medical Director, DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department
Mr. Charles Gordon, Cardiac Arrest Survivor

Barnard Elementary School
430 Decatur Street, NW
*Closest Metro: Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro Station* 

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected]. To view the event online, visit or tune in on Channel 16 (DCN).