Gong Do-hyeok (17), an infielder at Seongnam High School, won the Exemplary Award in recognition of his contribution to saving a person who had collapsed through CPR.
On the 19th, Gong Do-hyuk won the Model Award at the ‘2022 Baseball and Softball Night’ ceremony held at the Seoul Garden Hotel in Dohwa-dong, Seoul.
Gong Do-hyeok, a sophomore at Seongnam High School, made headlines last August for saving a man in his 50s who collapsed at an apartment gym by performing CPR for about 30 minutes. He is known for his good deeds that set an example for others, and he pitched the first pitch for the local baseball team KT Wiz.
Gong Do-hyuk, who said, “I didn’t know I would receive such a big award,” said, “I feel so confused. Thank you to everyone who set up this place and gave me awards. Next year, I will do my best to come to the awards ceremony by playing baseball well.”
Regarding the situation at the time of CPR, Gong Do-hyuk said, “I was nervous, scared, and nervous. Thanks to his once-a-year CPR training at school, he was able to step out. He thought he should just do what he was taught. After his education, he became interested in CPR and looked up related videos on YouTube two weeks before the incident. So I wasn’t too afraid. As he performed CPR, I felt that all the responsibility was on me, so I felt scared, but I was able to do it well thanks to the continued support from the side.”
Doing CPR for a long time is physically very difficult. Gong Do-hyuk said, “It would be a lie to say that it was not difficult. However, I did my best, and the people next to me took action according to the manual and reported it to 119, so I think I was able to do it smoothly.”
The men and their families who had saved their lives through Gong Do-hyeok’s efforts wanted to pay tribute, but Gong Do-hyeok and his family politely declined. Gong Do-hyuk said, “I thought it was okay not to pay tribute because it was a matter of course. He later thanked me over the phone.” 안전놀이터
Gong Do-hyuk, who became famous for his good deeds, smiled playfully and said, “Actually, it seems that baseball hasn’t worked well since then.” “My dream is to become a professional baseball player. During this winter training, he wants to train hard to grow his body and show a good figure,” he said, preparing for the rookie draft.