Good Samaritans honored at Carmel City Council meeting

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Geoffrey Robinson, left, joins the crowd in applauding Jurga Tritenko and Alta Skelton at the Carmel City Council meeting. (Photo by Adam Aasen)

Geoffrey Robinson, left, joins the crowd in applauding Jurga Tritenko and Alta Skelton at the Carmel City Council meeting. (Photo by Adam Aasen)

Two Good Samaritans were honored by the Carmel City Council on Aug. 17 for helping give CPR to a man on the Monon Trail on July 4.

“We are here to remind everyone what a hero looks like,” Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard said. “You might think of a superhero, a police officer or a firefighter. But tonight we are reminded that heroes can be ordinary, everyday people. They are at the right place at the right time but were called to do extraordinary things.”

It was a busy day on the Monon Trail. The Freedom 5K Run was going on and people were using the trail to make their way to CarmelFest. Geoffrey Robinson, of Noblesville, collapsed, and surveillance video shows that Alta Skelton and Jurga Tritenko stopped to give medical assistance. They did CPR and chest compressions until first responders arrived. They left without any acclaim, but the Carmel Fire Department later tracked down the Good Samaritans using video footage to give them the praise they deserve.

“Without the heroic actions of these Good Samaritans, the outcome could have been quite different,” Brainard said.

Robinson, along with Skelton and Tritenko, stood up at the Carmel City Council meeting to receive applause from an extremely packed crowd. Many people were in attendance to speak about the city’s proposed anti-discrimination ordinance that night.

“We’re proud that Carmel is a place where people answer the call to help their fellow man,” CFD Chief David Haboush said.

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