Antonio DePina Receives 2019 Utility Worker Hero Award!
On his way to work one morning, Local 369 member Antonio DePina encountered a woman coming out into the street with her arms full. After taking a closer look, he noticed she was carrying an unconscious infant. DePina took action immediately, positioning his vehicle in the street so as to block traffic and dialed 911. Once he approached the woman, he could see the baby was blue. Instinct took over. Utilizing the skills he learned in a class at Eversource just a few months prior, he started to perform CPR. As soon as he started doing compressions, the 11-month-old child began to spit out water. He put the child in the recovery position as he had learned in training.
According to DePina the child is in his life forever now and he sees her every now and then. “To save a baby’s life that’s a big thing to be able to do,” DePina said of the incident. “I’m glad and grateful it had a positive outcome.”