What Sheri Baer thought would be a short visit to the grocery store quickly turned into a day she would never forget.
On April 30, 2014, Baer was buying her husband an anniversary card at The Market at Birch Bay when an older man collapsed near her. His heart had stopped, and he had turned blue, Baer said.
When others asked if anyone knew CPR, Baer took action. She performed CPR for what she said felt like an eternity before paramedics arrived.
“I started doing all of the stuff I was learning in classes,” Baer said. “I never thought that (CPR training) would be something I would ever use.”
Baer, 37, is a former medical assistant who now does paperwork for a doctor’s office from home. She found out a month after the incident that the man had survived, and paramedics told her that without her quick response he would have died.
On Dec. 11, the Mt. Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross will honor Baer and other locals at the annual Real Heroes charity event. Proceeds will benefit American Red Cross programs in Whatcom and Skagit counties.
Baer, who said she still gets emotional just talking about the incident, doesn’t think of herself as a hero.
“I know they’re calling me a hero, but I just did what anybody should do,” Baer said.
Here are the other honorees for this year's Real Heroes awards.