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Isle of Palms honors island hero: Salem, SC, resident Bill Pennington recognized with “Signal 30” award for lifesaving


Mayor Dick Cronin (left) awards Salem resident Bill Pennington (right) with Signal 30 award.

Isle of Palms City Council bestowed a “Signal 30” award for citizen service to Bill Pennington of Salem, South Carolina, at its January 24 meeting. Pennington was visiting the Isle of Palms on November 2, 2011, when he observed a seventy-year-old male in full cardiac arrest on a tennis court in Wild Dunes. During the three to four minutes it took first responders to arrive on scene, Pennington swiftly and heroically performed Cardiopulminary Resuscitation (CPR) and used an Automated External Defribillator (AED) on the man. Isle of Palms Mayor Dick Cronin said, “Bill, I believe, saved this man’s life.”

Both Scott Krein, Director of EMS, and Scott Walker, Chief of Rescue Squad 22 for Oconee County where Mr. Pennington volunteers, surprised him by attending the presentation by Isle of Palms Mayor Dick Cronin. They joined his wife, Jan Pennington, to show support for the award. The prior Signal 30 award was given in 2008. Signal 30 is an Isle of Palms public safety communications code for citizen service.

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