The Jacksonville native saves his classmate’s life and receives a medal

Tyler Zutell, an Officer Candidate School student and a native of Jacksonville, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (NAM) on March 17 for saving the life of a classmate.

Zutell used the Heimlich maneuver on a student he saw choking and breathing heavily while having dinner in the Ney Hall galley at Newport Naval Station, Rhode Island.

“Candidate Zutell’s effective use of pre-training and responsible demeanor demonstrated leadership and saved the life of a shipmate,” said Capt. Mark Hazenberg, commanding officer at Officer Training Command Newport, who awarded Zutell the medal.

“I knew how to do it and there was no question of hesitation,” Zutell said in a press release. “It all happened right in front of me.”

Zutell’s two-week lifeguard training by the Red Cross and 40 hours of combat rescue training by the National Guard provided the skills required to carry out the rescue process.

Both parents served in the Marine Corps. Zutell grew up in a military family and has always been interested in a career in the armed forces. After several years as a Human Intelligence Collector in the Florida Army National Guard, he decided to join the Navy as a supply officer.

“[Tyler] has been looking for people in the past and stepping up when necessary, ”he said Pam Zutell, his mother and a former administrative specialist in the Marine Corps.

The NAM is awarded to members of the armed forces for a specific achievement or for permanent merit.

Upon completion of the OCS, Zutell will report to the Navy Supply Corps School.

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Cliff Leonard (left), military veteran and sculptor, Ryman Shoaf, national spokesperson for the We Can Be Heroes Foundation, and Beth Heath, president of the foundation, at the organization's Tribute to Our Heroes brunch on March 20.

• Jacksonville Military Veteran Cliff Leonardcreating busts of Florida Marines who died in combat and Shari Duval, the late founder of the Ponte Vedra Beach-based K9 for Warriors, was one of the am We can be Heroes FoundationTribute to the brunch of our heroes.

The Jacksonville nonprofit honored unsung heroes from across the country at the event on March 20 at the Salem Center Auditorium on the South Side.

Leonard was a Marine from 1966 to 1968 and spent 13 months in reconnaissance units in the jungles of Vietnam. After serving in the Marine Corps and several other careers, he became a sculptor. Over the past 13 years, he has sculpted about 50 bronze busts of fallen service members and given them to the family free of charge.

Duval, who died in February at the age of 75, founded the nonprofit K9s for Warriors in 2011 to train guard dogs as service dogs and mate them with veterans suffering from duty-related post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and military sexual trauma.

Abel Harding, Market President of Iberia Bank, hands over sponsorship check for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program of the Jacksonville Human Society to Denise Deisler (second from left), interns Isyss Cornley, Amya Guest, Diamond Canada and Savannah Davis and veterinarian Madison Websites.

• As part of his mission to improve the well-being of his neighbors through education and leadership, Iberia Bank-First Horizon Foundation donated $ 10,000 to the Jacksonville Humane SocietyDiversity, Equity and Inclusion Program.

The Humane Society started a pilot program with the Duval Public School this spring Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology The aim is to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the fields of veterinary medicine and animal welfare.

According to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, minorities make up only 8 percent of the veterinary workforce. With the donation from the First Horizon Foundation, students will receive scholarships during their internship at the Humane Society.

• The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra During a March 22nd meeting to commemorate World Water Day, Rotary International raised $ 7,000 for the Water for Cambodia project.

“Through our club’s efforts, an additional 87 organic sand water filters will be installed in the Siem Reap region of Cambodia, helping over 435 villagers in need,” he said Ian Aguilar, Club president.

Rotary International set up the project in Siem Reap after the local health authorities asked for help there. At this point, more than 1 in 10 children under the age of 5 died from complications from clean water problems such as malaria, diarrhea and respiratory problems.

Water for Cambodia is heavily dependent on locally made bio-sand filters that do not require electricity and will last for many years. Dirty water is filtered through layers of sand and gravel, with very few bacteria and no parasites escaping. The filters are regularly tested by a project’s own water laboratory in the area to ensure that they are working properly.

Water for Cambodia has been supported over the years by worldwide grants from The Rotary Foundation. Over 25,000 family filters are currently in use in the Siem Reap region, serving around 125,000 villagers. Each filter costs approximately $ 80 to manufacture and serves approximately 5 people per filter.

• • Office depot is offering to laminate customers’ COVID-19 vaccine cards free of charge until July 25th to increase the durability of the cards.

Once fully vaccinated, customers can take their cards to an Office Depot or OfficeMax store and enter coupon code 52516714 at the checkout to take advantage of the offer. The CDC encourages vaccine recipients to keep their cards for future use, e.g. B. for travel and work.

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