Phillip Fulmer has been named Community Resiliency Spokesperson for the East Tennessee Region of the American Red Cross.

In his new role, Fulmer will advocate for emergency planning, disaster response, and training for life saving skills.

Fulmer recently learned of the importance of first aid training after realizing he didn't have the necessary skills to help a friend who began choking.

"Phillip Fulmer has a long history of success," said East Tennessee Regional CEO Michelle Hankes. "He knows how to build a winning team and we're confident his leadership will help save lives".

As temperatures begin to warm up across East Tennessee, more people will be out and about potentially increasing the chances you'll encounter someone suffering an emergency.

"You can't punt when it comes to saving someone's life," said Fulmer. "I've witnessed first-hand how important it is to know what to do. That's why my entire family and I are taking Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid classes in the coming weeks and why I'm committing to make sure more people take an active role in the safety of their own friends and family."

The American Red Cross offers similar classes every week at several locations across East Tennessee.

The East Tennessee Region of the American Red Cross encompasses 36 counties and includes Knoxville, Chattanooga, Kingsport, Johnson City, and Crossville.