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Zoo employee helps save guest during cardiac arrest

Sara Benjamin with her "Help Can't Wait Award" (Source: Cincinnati Red Cross) Sara Benjamin with her "Help Can't Wait Award" (Source: Cincinnati Red Cross)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A Cincinnati Zoo employee was honored for helping save a patron who appeared to be going into cardiac arrest.

Sara Benjamin, a Red Cross instructor, immediately performed CPR on the patron, saving his life.

"Sara has exemplified extraordinary composure during a very stressful situation and we are very proud of her unyielding compassion to help others," said Wayne Lohmoeller, Operations Manager for the Cincinnati Zoo. "These are just a few of Sara's leadership traits; we can all learn from her examples."

The Cincinnati Region of the American Red Cross along with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens recognized Sara on Tuesday, May 31 by presenting her with the 'Help Can't Wait Award,' which recognizes individuals who because of their training and quick thinking, help save a life. 

"Sara exemplifies the importance of being trained in CPR," says Sara Peller CEO for the Cincinnati Red Cross. "In a situation like this seconds make a difference which is why we are so proud to present Sara with this award."

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