Mayor Sessoms to Present Three Citizen Lifesaving Awards

Tuesday, July 05, 2011


Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. 


Presentation of Lifesaving Award Sponsored by the Virginia Beach Safety Council


Friday, July 8, 2011at 4 p.m. 


City Council Chamber, City Hall Bldg., 2nd Floor


To recognize for their extraordinary acts of heroism.




Ashley Chanel Lindsey


On Monday, May 23, 2011, Ashley Chanel Lindsey, activity center leader at the North Landing Elementary School After School Program, observed 9-year-old Ashley Thompson seated at the table during snack time, start to choke on a piece of hard candy.  When Mrs. Lindsey approached Ashley Thompson, she was lying on the floor, not able to breathe and was bluish in color. Ashley Lindsey immediately went over, picked her up and informed the little girl that she was there to help her and not hurt her.  After several attempts of performing the Heimlich maneuver, she was successful in dislodging the candy.


Chris Manucal


On Thursday, June 9, 2011, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Chris Manucal, who is employed as a Recreation Supervisor at the Holiday Inn North Beach, was playing games in the pool with the numerous children he was supervising. While conducting his activity, he observed a 3-year old boy who was motionless and face down in the pool. This child was not participating in his program. The child was removed from the pool by an unknown patron. The child was bluish, not breathing and was unresponsive. The child vomited a couple times and was still unresponsive. Chris then began to perform CPR.  

During his efforts, the boy began breathing on his own efforts. When rescue arrived, the little boy was transported to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, where he was held overnight for observation before being released in good health.


Hugh Hamblet


On Saturday, May 21, 2011, at a few minutes past 6 p.m., after lifeguards had concluded operations for the day, Hugh Hamblet was walking along the beach at 34th Street and heard two young females (ages 19 and 15, who were sisters) yelling for help. He then heard a male citizen on the beach calling, “I think they need help!” Immediately, Hugh responded and entered the 56-degree ocean water. He swam to the two females who were located outside the sandbar. Upon reaching the two female victims, Hugh noticed they were bluish in color and grabbed the oldest female and instructed the younger female to grab onto her sister while he pulled them to shore. He also observed a male body floating face down in the ocean and yelled to the citizens on the beach to call 911. Once the girls were safely on shore, Hugh went back into the ocean with the intention of retrieving the male victim. Unfortunately, during this time period the male victim sank and after several minutes in the cold ocean waters, Hugh could not locate the victim. He was relieved from his efforts by the arriving lifeguards.