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Posted on: January 25, 2024

American Red Cross Honors Local Man for Saving his Uncle's Life

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The Red Cross Certificate of Merit is presented for using training skills to save a life.

On July 21,2023, Twenty-year-old Ryan Perez, put his lifeguarding and first aid skills to work to save the life of his uncle on Detroit Lake. 

His uncle, Tabor Waterstreet had just performed a trick on his wakeboard and suffered a severe face-first fall into the water. He appeared to be unresponsive. Ryan quickly turned the boat around and jumped into the water. Keeping Tabor’s head above the surface, he swam him back to the boat and removed the wakeboard from his foot. 

Once on the boat, Tabor regained consciousness and Ryan administered concussion protocol. He also treated him for shock as he was transported to shore and into the care of first responders. 

For this heroic and lifesaving action, Ryan will receive the Red Cross Certificate of Merit in a ceremony at the Forest Grove City Council meeting on January 22, 2024The Certificate of Merit is the highest award given by the Red Cross to individuals who save or sustain a life using skills learned through a Red Cross Training Services course. 

“We’re extremely proud to present a Certificate of Merit to Ryan Perez,” said Red Cross Cascades CEO Priscilla Fuentes. His actions exemplify our mission to help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.” 

Red Cross training gives people the knowledge and skills to act in an emergency and save a life. A variety of online, blended (online and in-person skills session) and classroom courses are available at If you or someone you know has used skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Training Services course to help save or sustain the life of another individual, visit to nominate, recognize, or be inspired.