Story by MC2 Charles Oki, CNRH Public Affairs
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM – A Sailor assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) was recognized for rendering life-saving aid to a child during a brief ceremony on the pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam July 9, 2019.
Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick II, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific (CNRH/CNSGMP) recognized and presented a coin to Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Daniel Arellano.
“In the military we're trained to respond to crisis but we never know when we'll be faced with one,” said Chadwick. “Petty Officer Arellano never expected to encounter a crisis that day at the pool but when he did, he responded immediately and importantly had the right training to administer lifesaving aid.”
On June 7, Arellano was spending time at the swimming pool at Halsey Terrace Navy housing complex when a 2-year-old child was found unresponsive. Arellano quickly sprang into action, pulling the child from the water and performing cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). After resuscitating the child, emergency medical services brought the child to a local hospital where the child was assessed to be in good condition.
Arellano attributed his quick-thinking and response to his training and his experiences as a Sailor.
“You hear about going through extremely stressful situations and the body takes over instead of the mind and that's kind of what happened to me,” said Arellano. “I didn't really know what was going on but I ran over and took what I had learned from my training and having a family of my own and was able to provide aid. Having kids of my own, I can only imagine being in the same situation, so I just did the best that I could and thankfully I was able to help the child. I never thought I'd ever have to administer CPR on someone but I'm really glad I learned how to. I know training can be monotonous at times but take your training seriously because you never know when the day will come when you have to use the skills you learned to save yourself or others.”