Teacher's selfless act saves life of stranger

August 27, 2013

Kimberly Gaskill, a kindergarten teacher at Adams Hill Elementary School, was presented a life-saving award by the American Red Cross for her selfless act of helping a stranger.

Gaskill and her husband Donald were driving to El Paso, when they were among the first to come upon a serious car accident just outside Sonora. The couple involved in the accident just happened to also be from San Antonio, and referred to Kimberly as their “angel” stating that she had saved the women’s life.

Trained in CPR and First Aid since 1999, Gaskill was able to provide CPR until EMS arrived. Her selfless act of courage and compassion serves as an exceptional example of a willingness to go above and beyond to help someone in their time of need.

The National Red Cross heard of her heroic act and have nominated her for a Certificate of Merit, which is a national-level award for individuals who save or sustain life using skills learned in American Red Cross Health and Safety Service training. The certificate is signed by the President of the United States and the Chairman of the American Red Cross. The award package includes the certificate, citation, and medals.

Gaskill was recognized by the Board at their Aug. 27 meeting.