Life Saving Training in Action

Providing continual training for our employees has always been integral to our culture of safety at Nunn. Sometimes, like in the case of Assistant Superintendent Trent Ashoo, that training happens in just the right topic—and exactly when we need it.

In late June 2022, Trent along with several employees took an American Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR/AED class taught by Donnie Burns, Nunn Construction’s Safety Manager. On July 5, just a week after his class, Trent responded to a call at the Sunset Park Elementary School construction site about a trade partner in distress.

Trent dumped water on the head of the disoriented employee, who said he was struggling from the heat, and dragged him into the shade when he struggled to walk. “We may have had a very different situation on our hands if Nunn did not have such a great safety culture and resources allocated to training its employees,” said Trent.

The employee suddenly lost consciousness and stopped breathing. While a coworker called 911, Trent performed CPR until first responders could reach the man. The employee was rushed to the hospital where he thankfully recovered. “The emergency room staff stated that Trent’s quick action and CPR administration likely saved the man’s life,” said Vinnie Mattivi, Pueblo Division Manager.

In October 2022, Trent was honored at an American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado board meeting. He was given the Lifesaving Award for Professional Responders for successfully performing CPR during an emergency at the Sunset Park Elementary School jobsite earlier that year. “Without a doubt,” agrees the citation of Trent’s award, “the skills learned in the American Red Cross Training Services course helped to save the life of this man.”

Continuing to support our strong safety standards, both at our jobsites and beyond, Nunn encourages everyone to learn CPR. The American Red Cross offers the Adult First Aid/CPR/AED course in person and online. Anyone interested in training and certification opportunities near them can learn more at American Red Cross’ website at

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