A long time Red Cross volunteer trainer recently passed away after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma at the age of 76, but his good works will never be forgotten.Dennis “Izzy” Isrow was very active in the community, including his work with the American Red Cross. “Izzy” taught first aid classes/ CPR for local fire departments and rescue squads in North Dakota and Minnesota. He was also the recipient of the Hero Award from the Red River Valley Chapter of the Red Cross for the work he did as a CPR instructor. He taught more classes than anybody in the history of the Minn-Kota Region, educating over 25,000 people during his lifetime.
Cindy Christensen, former Health & Safety Director for American Red Cross, worked with “Izzy” for over 20 years.
“One time we had a group of Burlington Northern workers in for a CPR class and none of them would breathe into the mannequin at first,” Christensen said. “But Izzy told them to look at the mannequin as the person they loved most and how someday learning this could save one of their lives.”
The honors and accolades were many for the Detroit, Mich., native, even though “Izzy” never cared much for the attention. He served as a medic in the North Dakota Air National Guard, the South Dakota Army Guard for years, and was honored with several awards for his work as an athletic trainer at North Dakota State University.
In lieu of flowers, “Izzy” asked for memorials to a few preferred organizations, including the Red Cross. All staff members and volunteers are grateful for the work Dennis Isrow performed and are appreciative for his focus on health and safety.
“We never had any bad evaluations for Izzy,” Christensen said. “He was so passionate about education and wanted to get people excited about saving other people’s lives.”