A hero in the community

Staff Sgt. Aaron Lewis a chaplain assistant wityh the 184th Intelligence Wing saved the life of a member of the wichita community with his quick reaction and CPR training that he learned on drill weekend. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Justin Jacobs, 184th Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Aaron Lewis a chaplain assistant wityh the 184th Intelligence Wing saved the life of a member of the wichita community with his quick reaction and CPR training that he learned on drill weekend. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Justin Jacobs, 184th Public Affairs)

By Tech. Sgt. Justin Jacobs, 184th Public Affairs

What is a hero? A hero is a person who is noted for courageous acts or nobility of character.

Anyone of us can be a hero to someone. It’s up to us to seize the moment and step up to the occasion that calls us to help one another. For Staff Sgt. Aaron Lewis that occasion was on his last day of work.

As his last day and last shift of working at the Wichita State University library came to an end, Lewis was leaving to head home when he heard a commotion on the main floor. Lewis went to see what the commotion was and noticed an unconscious man lying on the ground. Someone asked if anyone knew CPR, but Lewis was hesitant at first to respond and provide assistance.

“Once I realized that I was the only one there capable of doing CPR, the training that I received on drill weekend kicked in and I was focused on what had to be done,” said Staff Sgt. Aaron Lewis, 184th Intelligence Wing, chaplain assistant.

Lewis performed CPR until the paramedics arrived to the scene. Later, Lewis was informed that the man regained consciousness and has fully recovered.

The paramedics applauded Lewis for his help and said that without his quick reaction and knowledge of CPR, the man might not have regained consciousness.

We as Guard members go through all types of training to prepare for any situation. CPR is one first aid skill that we train in, and Lewis was appreciative that his Self Aid and Buddy Care training enabled him to provide assistance.

As community members, it is important to step in and help when needed and that is exactly what Lewis did. His willingness, training and calmness helped him save someone’s life.

“It makes me feel grateful to have the opportunity to help,” said Lewis.