CINCINNATI — Cintas Corporation has named Steve Lawson as the recipient of its inaugural Cintas Courage Award, according to a press release.
Through public voting, Lawson, a Cincinnati native, received the award for his inspiring story about saving the life of a five-year-old boy, the release stated.
"The Courage Award gives us the opportunity to shed much-deserved light on the everyday heroes around us, many of whom go unrecognized for their life-saving efforts," said Nancy Petersen, senior marketing manager for first aid and safety at Cintas.
"We are proud to name Steve as this year''s winner because he has demonstrated the bravery that Cintas encourages others to find within them," Petersen added.
According to the release, Lawson, a first responder, put his skills to test at his son''s daycare in spring 2007 when a young child began choking on pretzels; Lawson''s quick thinking allowed him to clear the boy''s airway using a mouth sweep, saving the boy''s life.
"I am thrilled to be recognized with this award and hope that my story encourages others to step in and help in the event of an emergency," said Lawson.
"Individuals who are prepared to do so can make a difference and even save a life," Lawson added.
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