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Marine receives Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

By Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | October 29, 2014


Lt. Col. Kevin Prindiville presented the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal to Lance Cpl. Anthony Kelly Oct. 29, for Kelly’s actions in the line of duty. 

Kelly saved the life of an unresponsive female in base housing by utilizing his CPR skills to sustain her until paramedics arrived.

“This is a great occasion to bring everyone together to recognize Lance Cpl. Kelly’s outstanding efforts,” said Prindiville, provost marshal for Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, about Kelly. “Lance Cpl. Kelly’s actions really highlight the importance of having the right, highly trained, and quick thinking personnel out there on the job. Kelly’s efforts really contributed to the life of the patient being saved.”

On July 15, 2014, Kelly was dispatched to South Mesa Housing for an unresponsive female, who was not breathing. Upon arrival Kelly noticed the girl lying on the floor. He put his CPR mask on the victim and began administering chest compressions on her. He started with two breaths and 10 chest compressions. During the compressions the patient took two breaths and then stopped breathing. This continued for three continuous minutes sustaining the patient until the paramedics arrived.

Kelly’s award reads, “Lance Corporal Kelly’s quick thinking and actions were instrumental in saving the life of the patient.”

“I remember arriving at the scene and I ripped my CPR mask out and immediately conducted CPR without hesitation. I had nothing going through my mind but ‘please let this lady live’,” said Kelly. “The fire chief said that I arrived six to seven minutes before they did, and those minutes were critical in saving her life”

Paramedics were able to stabilize the victim and transport her to the hospital where they treated and then subsequently released her.

“His efforts to save the life of an individual will continue to have a significant and lasting effect on the Marines within [the Provost Marshal's Office]. For this, Lance Cpl. Kelly is most deserving of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal,” Lt. Jonathan Magann, watch officer for 3rd Platoon, Military Police Department  wrote in the summary report recommending Kelly for the award.

Kelly has served with the Camp Pendleton Police Department for just over a year and is a native of Flint, Michigan.

“Wow, this is pretty crazy. My moral is through the roof,” said Kelly about receiving the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. “Hopefully I can push other people to make the right decisions and to do what you were trained to do so they can feel this too.”

After the ceremony Marines and police department employees congratulated Kelly on a job well done.