The SAR Life Saving Medal is presented to those individuals who have acted to save a human life without necessarily placing their own life or themselves in imminent danger. The medal is intended primarily for acts by civilians not in uniform, however, police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical personal, lifeguards, and SAR Compatriots are not excluded from receiving this award. The medal is not intended to recognize acts that would otherwise qualify for military or another organization’s valor medals and, in all cases, the fact that the actions of the rescuer actually saved the life of the victim must be validated by EMS or medical personnel.


Lifesaving examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Performing the Heimlich maneuver or other first aid to prevent a person from choking;
  2. Saving a person from drowning by bringing the person to safety;
  3. Performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or rescue breathing until the person breathes normally; or
  4. Performing CPR or applying an automated external defribrilator (AED) on an out-of hospital cardiac arrest before EMS arrival.

The medal is intended to recognize the actions of any person: (1) who was directly responsible for the saving of a human life or (2) who prolonged a human life to the extent that the victim was still alive upon transfer to the care of medical authorities, even though the victim might expire at a later time.

The names of all recipients are published annually. Each awarding chapter and state society forwards a short written description of the background and accomplishments of the recipients, together with dates, places and names.

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