Nurse Save Colleague in Elementary School

Posted by cocreator on June 14, 2014

Quick action in just minutes is what saved the life of an Upstate man who suffered a heart attack on the job at a Union elementary school.

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With a smile and a thumbs-up, a photo of Samuel Moorman taken by the Union Daily News shows him recovering at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. It was a happy ending to what staff at Foster Park Elementary called a nightmare situation.

Co-workers found Moorman slumped over, surrounded by the boxes he had been stacking in a back shed. They ran to find the school nurse, Kelly Walton, who set the school’s safety plan in motion.

She said that one person called 911 while others watched the parking lot to direct EMS. Another ran to get the closest AED (automated external defibrillator) and Walton started CPR on Moorman.

“I don’t see myself as a hero at all,” said Walton. “I feel like the Lord puts us in situations where we can help people. Then it’s just in my training to be able to do what we do and hold our head steady and just use the skills that we’ve learned.”

District officials said that all schools got the AEDs as part of a grant back in 2004, but this is the first time any of them needed to be used.

Superintendent Kristi Woodall said that whatever money was spent, is now well worth it.

Moorman is now listed in fair condition, at the CCU at Spartanburg Regional.

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