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American Red Cross Honors Hilton Grand Vacations Orlando Team Member with National Lifesaving Award

Ivan Melians says he's "just a human who helped another human"

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Hilton Grand Vacations Orlando Team Member being interview by News 6 in Orlando after being honored for saving Owners life.

Five months ago, William and Fatima Barakat were on vacation at Las Palmeras, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club in Orlando, when William suffered a heart attack in his room. 

Thanks to the quick thinking and 11 minutes of chest compressions performed by loss prevention director Ivan Melians, William made a full recovery. 

On January 29, Melians was formally recognized by the American Red Cross and awarded the National Lifesaving Award.

"He was able to save someone’s life and it not only impacted the survivor, the person he saved, but his family."

Janice Moran, Executive Director, American Red Cross Greater Orlando Chapter

Read the full story here. 

Orlando Hotel Worker Honored for Saving Man’s Life

News 6, January 29, 2021


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