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ROBIN ERICKSON
Director of Communications

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Thursday, April 4, 2002
RED CROSS TO HONOR 7-YEAR OLD MIDDLETOWN GIRL WHO SAVED LIFE OF FRIEND WHO WAS CHOKING ON A CORN CHIP

Event at Newport Police Station, Tomorrow, at 10:15am

She never panicked.

When 7-year-old Adrianna Field of Middletown realized that her friend was choking on a corn chip during a recent slumber party, the John F. Kennedy Elementary School second grader sprung into action. Performing abdominal thrusts on her 5-year-old friend, Field dislodged the chip before the victim's mother was even aware that there was an emergency.

How did she know what to do?

Adrianna is the daughter of Michelle Field, an American Red Cross instructor who teaches CPR, First Aid and other lifesaving courses. Adrianna has accompanied her mother to many classes and Michelle refers to her daughter as "my assistant teacher."

Adrianna Field will be honored by the American Red Cross of Rhode Island and the Middletown City Council for her heroic efforts tomorrow at 10:15am at the Newport Police Department, 120 Broadway (her father is a Sergeant). Field will share her story and demonstrate the abdominal thrusts she used to save her friend's life.

"We are so proud of Adrianna and hope that she will serve as a role model and inspiration for others," Sarah Bilofsky, Director of Communication for the American Red Cross of Rhode Island, said. "Knowing what to do in an emergency can mean the difference between life and death --- at any age!"

According to the American Red Cross, over 3,000 people die each year as a result of choking. Over the past 18 months, the American Red Cross of Rhode Island has trained over 18,000 Rhode Islanders in vital lifesaving techniques including the skill of abdominal thrusts that Adrianna performed.

For more information or to sign up for a Red Cross Health & Safety course, call 401.831.7700 ext. 110 or visit www.riredcross.org today.

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