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Valley park ranger honored for saving hiker's life

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- One week ago, just as many of us we're starting our day at work, Scottsdale Park Ranger Kathy Mascaro was ending hers.

"I was pretty much at the end of my shift," she said.

That's when she came upon a hiker on the Pinnacle Peak Trailhead.

"The guy was totally passed out…his lips were blue."

Mascaro thought he was gone. Instead of calling for a coroner, Mascaro turned the 50-year old man over and began continuous chest compressions to a popular BeeGee's song.

"'Staying Alive'… that's what was going through my head."

She took the compression-only class two years earlier.

"But, it's not that hard to remember, because there's no counting anymore, no breaths to give, it's just straight chest compressions."

Hands-only CPR is becoming a trend, said Scottsdale Fire Chief John Whitney.

"The science is showing that the survivability of cardiac arrest patients is dramatically enhanced by rapid intervention," he said.

The hiker survived, thanks to Mascaro's rapid intervention. Colleagues at the Scottsdale Fire Department presented her with a special silver coin and a certificate of honor for her life-saving actions.

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Holliday Moore is a Phoenix native with more than 25 years experience in the local and national broadcast and media industry. A graduate of ASU's journalism program, with a second major in Marketing & Management, she considers herself one of the lucky few to be doing exactly what she loves, writing and producing news.

In 2012, she won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for a light feature radio story on snakes. For the record, snakes do not say much! She is also honored to be one of two nominees this year for a Mark Twain Award involving her series on Arizona drowning cases.

Among her career accomplishments, Moore has taken home a television Emmy for Cultural Issues Reporting on the Navajo/Hopi Partition Land Act. She has also won numerous Emmy nominations for hard, soft and even sports reporting. However, Moore considers her highest achievement was on the day she received the prestigious Walter Cronkite Political Excellence Award for developing the Scripps Television stations' Democracy 2000 & 2002 program. Bob Morford, ABC 15's News Director at the time, asked Moore to head the project with one wish, "Try not to lose ratings," he said. "We not only did not lose ratings," says Moore, "We actually improved ratings between the coveted 5:00-6:30pm news block."

"She created, designed and executed the award winning program," recalls Morford, "Her efforts brought a great deal of notice and credit to our station."

Moore loves a challenge and is an adrenaline junky by nature. She ran 400 hurdles in college and more recently half marathons to raise thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She works part time for KTAR Radio while volunteering for her young son's elementary school and running a freelance media services business.

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