Pharmacy Student Recognized by VA Secretary

by Xander Eliopulos, Public Relations Writer

When pharmacy student Joshua Arnold used CPR to save the life of two-year-old Joziah Pearson, he didn't realize just how far-reaching his actions would become. Just a few weeks after the event, Glenn Costie, director of the Dayton veteran’s administration, heard the story of how Arnold saved the young boy's life. As a result, Arnold was selected as one of four VA employees to meet Robert McDonald, the Secretary of the VA, on his visit to Dayton. 

Upon meeting the Secretary, Arnold was recognized for his response and level-headedness when he saved Pearson's life. He was presented with an honorary coin commemorating his service to the VA, and was able to spend some time with the secretary.

The Secretary commented on how impressed he was by everyone's efforts in making the VA a great place for veterans. He said that everyone was making a difference in the lives of many people, and even saving lives in some cases (referring to Arnold).

"I was very honored and excited to be chosen as one of the individuals from the entire Dayton VA to meet with the secretary of the VA," said Arnold. "It was truly a memorable experience to shake his hand and hear what he had to say to the medical center as a whole. This was definitely a rare occasion and I am very grateful to the Director and the Dayton VA, as a whole, for this opportunity."

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