Local 83-year-old Red Cross volunteer still going strong

Posted at 7:04 PM, Mar 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-30 20:04:14-04

Nestled among the bright-eyed youngsters at the "2018 First Robotics Competition" in downtown Milwaukee was 83-year-old Marge Gaeth. She was manning the Red Cross station in case any students got hurt.

"I think it's so great to see these young kids. You know they are our future," said Gaeth.

It was just one of the hundreds of assignments the effervescent woman has accepted during her 45 years of volunteering.

Gaeth has been a Red Cross Instructor for 15 years, and has even saved the lives of two people.

"The guy wasn't breathing or didn't have a pulse. We did CPR, at that time we didn't have our own AED'S  automatic external defibrillators," says Gaeth.

She's served at more than 11 national disasters.

"I do it because I love to help people," said Gaeth.

Her missions include the 1994 earthquake in Northridge, California the 1995 tornadoes in New Orleans, the 1999 tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma, the 2002 typhoon in Guam, and in 2001 she made two trips to ground zero in New York City after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

Marge has been a constant delivering victims hope after devastation. "It's so important, it makes them feel good it makes me feel good!" said Gaeth. "The Red Cross is important. We go to fires, national disasters, work with veterans. We do a lot that many do not realize."

Gaeth loves serving our veterans through "The Vets Club" and "No Veteran Dies Alone" program.

"Some cannot even feed themselves, and I have the honor of feeding them because of how much they have done for us in their lifetime," she said.

Gaeth is so revered she earned the presidential excellence award from the American Red Cross.

And after more than eight decades of life, her passion burns bright.

"I'm going to do it as long as I can. It's when I can't walk or speak or whatever, then I think I'll quit!" she said.