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McHenry Navy corpsman honored with military hero award

A McHenry resident and current Navy corpsman received a Military Hero Award this month for performing CPR on a man who collapsed during an indoor soccer game in December.

Scott Childress, currently serving as a hospitalman at the Navy Hospital in Bremerton, Wash., was attending the game at the Olympic Sports and Soccer Center in Bremerton when he noticed the goalie on the field had fallen to the ground.

Childress, along with three of his fellow hospital staff members, rushed over to the man and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

“It felt like a blur,” Childress said. “The training just kicked in and I just knew what to do.You realize how important your training is, the repetition you learn.”

The paramedics were able to revive the man on the field, but he passed away a short time later in the hospital.

Childress, 20, joined the Navy right out of high school and knew he wanted to begin a career in medicine. He has worked at the Navy Hospital for the past year, learning lifesaving techniques like the ones he utilized that December day.

“I think it's important that everyone should learn some first responder techniques,” Childress said. “We gave that guy a fighting chance in the hospital. Unfortunately, he did pass. He left my hands alive, which is my primary responsibility as a first responder.”

Childress, along with Hospital Corpsmen Blake Hite, Binod Gurung, and Patrick Barrantes, received the honor at the 14th annual Red Cross West Sound Real Heroes Breakfast on May 9, which celebrates people who have made a difference in Washington's Kitsap and North Mason counties.

"[Childress] is a prime example of the dependability, reliability, and intangibles that go into a hospitalman,” said Douglas Stutz, public affairs officer at Naval Hospital Bremerton. “Hospitalman Childress showed he has the necessary skills and awareness to respond when needed. It's pretty powerful.”

Childress said he wants to pursue a career as a Navy officer and hopes to continue his training in Afghanistan.

“Honestly I didn't expect to get an award out of this,” he said. “It's my job. I didn't go above and beyond. I really don't feel like an award was necessary. But I'm honored to receive it.”

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