Sidekick Salute: Tyrone Berry

Today, we’d like to spotlight one of our Monitors, Tyrone Berry. Ty has been with the VIC since December 2017 and is an Army Veteran. What you may not know, Ty was a homeless Veteran looking for services and job when he heard about the VIC. And, it just so happens that we had an opening in the Monitor’s office and we knew he’d be perfect for the job the moment we spoke to him! He’s a bit humble and quiet about his accomplishments, but we want to take a moment to honor him as part of our “Sidekick Salute” feature.

A few weeks ago, Ty had just gotten off work and was working on his vehicle when he heard a woman yelling for help. He located the woman and asked how he could be of assistance and she told him her husband suddenly collapsed. Ty knew it was a scary situation for the woman because she was hysterical and crying. He quickly sprang into action by calming her down and had her dial 9-11 while he assessed the situation; Ty noticed the husband wasn’t breathing, but did feel a pulse and he knew he had to begin CPR immediately because he didn’t know when the husband stopped breathing and for how long he was deprived of oxygen. He performed CPR on the husband for about 10 minutes and when First Responders arrived, the husband was breathing. When they were getting ready to transport the couple to the nearest hospital, one of the First Responders told Ty, the husband was alive because he provided lifesaving CPR. Later that night, Ty began to think about the events of that late afternoon and realized the training the VIC provided him (CPR training as well as basic first aid training) gave him the tools he needed to help someone in need. He was grateful for the training and proud that he could use it to make a difference in someone’s life.

Sometimes as employees we question if a training is necessary or like children asking “when are we going to use math in real life?” And then, you hear about friends and coworkers helping a person in need because of a training they received and it puts what we learn into prospective. Ty didn’t need to think twice about helping someone in need and his instincts just took over. On behalf of your fellow coworkers and our Residents, thank you Ty!