Two men honored for saving life of ferries employee

Naval officer, shipyard manager recognized for response to cardiac arrest

By Mike Allende

Most of the time, our Life Ring Awards are reserved for our ferries staff whose actions stored a life. But within the case of U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Besheer and Vigor Safety Manager Billy Ray Brittain, it was clean they had to be honored.



On Wednesday, Besheer and Brittain have been provided with the Life Ring Award for his or her actions in saving the life of Dave Bennett, an Assistant Engineer aboard our ferry Puyallup, which was in dry dock on the Vigor shipyard in West Seattle. It was simply the moment time human being from backyard of our ferries staff have earned the award.
Washington State Ferries Chief of Staff Elizabeth Kosa presents U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Besheer (left) and Vigor Safety Manager Billy Ray Brittain (right) with Life Ring Awards Wednesday.

"Without motion and uncooked human compassion to store a life, we could no longer be right the following today," Washington State Ferries Chief of Staff Elizabeth Kosa stated in providing the award. "I'm thankful for each consumer and scientific group that offered the greatest care on hand to guarantee considered one of our own crew had a threat to recuperate from a giant medial incident."



On Nov. 13, Bennett collapsed whereas operating at Vigor. Besheer, who's assigned to the USS Sampson – which was also docked at Vigor – and Brittain accomplished CPR and used an automated outside defibrillator (AED) on Bennett, who was agony from a cardiac arrest. Their actions helped store Bennett till emergency scientific assist arrived.
Dave Bennett (center), an Assistant Engineer in our ferries division, thanks U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
Nicholas Besheer (left) and Vigor Safety Manager Billy Ray Brittain (right) for their actions
in saving Bennett’s life when he went into cardiac arrest in November.

"Thank you for saving the life of 1 in all our household members," Kosa said. "Thank you for making security a priority, thanks for taking your lessons seriously, thanks for no longer hesitating and thanks for being an instance to others."



All of our ferries staff members, adding Brittain, are educated in primary first aid. Licensed deck officials are required to take an developed first help refresher course each NULL years. All of our vessels are in a position with numerous AEDs and checked daily. This year, our crewmembers have responded to 88 emergency, life-saving or rescue occasions so far.

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