Efforts to help others earned two Topekans special honors.
Robert Bridegroom and Holly Reed received "Champion of Character" awards Wednesday from the Safe Streets Coalition and Topeka City of Character Program. The presentations were made during a lunch meeting at the Great Overland Station.
Bridegroom was awarded for saving his father by conducting CPR after his father passed out and hit his head on the floor. Bridegroom's father accompanied him to the luncheon. Bridegroom says it was scary, but he just calmed himself down and did what he'd been taught to do in lifesaving classes in the past.
Reed works at Vision Bank. She was awarded for noticing a customer didn't have the proper information to cash a check. She contacted her supervisors and authorities, and it turns out she saved Randy Speaker and his wife from identity theft. Reed says it was luck that put her there, because she normally works at a different branch than the location she was at that day. The Speakers happen to frequent her regular branch, so she knew the customer she was dealing with was not them.
The Character Awards are handed out on a monthly basis.