Mrs. Gagne Honored by Red Cross

Mrs. Gagne Honored by Red Cross
Posted on 02/05/2021
Mrs. Gagne

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Red Cross honors Tallmadge woman who saved neighbor 

Krista S. Kano Kent Weeklies Published 7:54 a.m. ET Feb. 4, 2021 

Clarissa Gagne, the Tallmadge woman who saved her neighbor's life by performing CPR, will soon be honored as one of seven recipients of the 25th annual Acts of Courage Awards

The American Red Cross of Greater Akron and Mahoning Valley will present the awards celebrating bravery and heroism during a virtual ceremony on March 4

In October, Gagne, a second-grade teacher at Betty Jane Community Learning Center in Akron, saw a neighbor fall in her front yard and was one of several neighbors to rush to help. Gagne performed CPR while others called 911, helped the woman's family and took care of Gagne's puppy. 

The Red Cross recently notified Gagne that Akron Public Schools had nominated her for the award and that she won

"I was really shocked," she said. "I didn't jump into a burning building. I just did what anyone would do.

Gagne said she is unsure how she will watch the virtual ceremony, as it is in the middle of the school day, but she is hoping that she'll be able to find a way to get her students involved


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