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Kennewick Teacher Receives Governor's Lifesaving Award Among Five Other Local Heroes

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Ty Cronenwett ironically re-certified in CPR the day before this incident. He hopes others can learn the importance of having those skills, even if you hope to never use them. Ty Cronenwett ironically re-certified in CPR the day before this incident. He hopes others can learn the importance of having those skills, even if you hope to never use them.

KENNEWICK, WA- The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries gave six people from our area the Governors Lifesaving Award.

One of those is a local teacher whose quick thinking and training helped save a woman's life. Ty Cronenwett coaches football, teaches P.E. and social studies at Legacy High School in Kennewick. Cronenwett was just going about his day back in August of last year, when a woman ran up to his truck, pleading for his help.

"I was coming back from lunch, it was during the week where we do our pre-school prep stuff. I was coming back from a taco truck over by the admin building," explained Cronenwett. He has worked in the Kennewick School District since 2009. 

"This was a then and now moment, like there was not a lot of, 'What was happening around'", recalls Cronenwett. But as a coach, CPR and AED classes, are just apart of the job, "She ran up to my truck and asked if I could help".

He never though he would have to use those skills, "The adrenaline was pumping, I am sure I could have gone several more rounds before I thought I was exhausted."

Cronenwett found himself in front of a unconscious district employee, whose breathing was fading. "I hope that I never have to do it again, I am very glad I knew that, and still know how to do it. I definitely hope I never have to do it again," said Cronenwett.

Chest compressions, then breathing, he used exactly what he remembered, "When I got back to the school I was a little jarred," remembers Cronenwett.

A sigh of relief came after finding out she survived, "The lady that flagged me down sent me an email and told me that her friend made it, she was in recovery".

A year later, he received the Governor's Lifesaving Award, but to him, it was hearing from his students that puts a smile on his face. "Way to go Mr. C, way to go Cronney! That part was cool, I enjoyed that the most," said Cronenwett.

Ty Cronenwett ironically re-certified in CPR the day before this incident. He hopes others can learn the importance of having those skills, even if you hope to never use them.

Five other local heroes received similar awards, four of which were involved in the same instance as Cronenwett. Michelle Larabee, who also works at the district was there. Kennewick police officers Joe Jackson, Holly Baynes and Rebecca Jones responded to the call. 

Hanford employee Thomas Banta came to the aid of one of his co-workers who was having a stroke.

They all received the Governor's award, last week.

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