School Staff Save Teen during Basketball Game

Posted by cocreator on March 19, 2014
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The quick thinking of two Indian River School District employees saved the life of Immaculate Heart Central School basketball player Jack Valentine.

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“There really wasn’t much panic like that. You see a situation and you react to it because you have the proper training to do so,” said Ashley Naklick, district trainer.

“You just do what you have to do to sustain his life as long as you can until other help arrives,” said Theresa Leeson, district nurse.

On Tuesday, Indian River was hosting Immaculate Heart Central School on the basketball court.

At the end of the first quarter, Leeson noticed something was wrong with one of the IHC players.

“I just saw him do something with his arm and I said, ‘I think he’s having a seizure,'” she said.

When Leeson got to the player, 13 year old Jack Valentine, she realized he was unconscious and he didn’t have a pulse.

She performed CPR and then she administered the Automatic External Defibrillator, also known as an AED.

Later, Naklick also administered CPR while another woman, Brenda Davis, helped administer the breaths.

By the time Valentine left with the ambulance, he had a pulse.

He was in critical condition on Thursday.

“We were just relieved that we were able to get some vital signs back and that he was able to get to the hospital quickly,” said Naklick.

Naklick and Leeson say they’re not heroes, they were just doing what they were trained to do.

But whatever your opinion on the matter is, one thing is for certain – Jack Valentine is alive because of their efforts.

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Coach & Teachers Save Grandfather Spectator at Granddaughter Basketball Game

Posted by cocreator on February 24, 2014
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A heart attack lasts just minutes, but it was the hours before the game at Anderson Elementary Tuesday night that saved the life of a Sand Springs grandfather.

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At a fourth-grade basketball game on Tuesday night, a man watching his granddaughter play had a heart attack.

Witnesses said what happened next is all thanks to God’s timing.

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“You saved a life. I don’t know. I don’t know if it’s really hit home yet or anything,” basketball coach Harold Dotson said. “It’s just, with the training that we had fresh in our mind, it just kicked in, so we just did what we had to do.”

Coincidentally, on Monday Seven Anderson teachers including Dotson, learned CPR.

On Tuesday, the school got its first defibrillator.

“We put that over here in case of some kind of emergency like that, which, you never thought you would use it in any case,” Dotson said.

That night, as the game got underway, a Sand Springs grandfather in the stands started slumping over.

“So I ran over kind of to see what was going on, and they mentioned they thought he was having a seizure,” teacher Athena Martin said.

A teacher grabbed the defibrillator and Dotson jumped into action.

“The training just kicked in and we got him flat down on the bleachers,” Dotson said. “His breathing stopped, so I started administering CPR. … With the Lord’s help, we got him going.”

P.E. Teacher Susan Croston was inspired by a former colleague to get a defibrillator in the school.

“We had a counselor here that passed away last summer. Her name was Catie McGoldrick,” Croston said.

McGoldrick died of cancer, but she was concerned about her heart.

“She had a serious heart condition and she always said, ‘If my heart goes out of rhythm, I’m in trouble.’ And ever since I first met her eight or 10 years ago, I knew we needed to get an AED here at school,” Croston said.

Superintendent Brett Banker says they got their defibrillator just in time and other schools shouldn’t hesitate to do the same.

“Find it in your budget to get one, they’re obviously worth anything you pay for it,” he said.

First responders say that the staff’s CPR training and use of the defibrillator saved the man’s life.

That grandfather suffered a massive heart attack, but he is doing fine now.

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Principals & Teachers Save Student in School

Posted by cocreator on January 17, 2014
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An Anderson County High School freshman is alive, thanks to quick thinking and a medical tool that restarts the heart.

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A team of teachers and principals saved the girl’s life after her heart stopped beating.

On Monday, Assistant Principal Travis Freeman was overseeing the morning school rush, when a teacher told him a student had fallen and appeared to be having a seizure.

“We probably had 400 to 500 kids in the courtyard,” Travis Freeman said.

Freeman has dealt with medical emergencies before. He estimates he saw 12 to 15 students suffer seizures last semester.

But what he found Monday in the courtyard was something he had never experienced in his career. A student, whose family has asked to remain anonymous, appeared unconscious and only had a faint heartbeat.

“When she started to close her eyes and wasn’t responding to my voice and me trying to get her attention, I knew this wasn’t a typical seizure,” he said.

After he knew someone had called 911, his next thought was his wife. April Freeman is a trained nurse and health science teacher preparing for class across campus at the Career and Tech Center.

“I think my exact words were, ‘Get my wife now,'” he said.

April Freeman took off running with a medical kit. Another administrator rushed to get one of the school’s two defibrillators, or AEDs.

“I went for a carotid pulse and I couldn’t feel a pulse at that point,” said April Freeman.

“We had started CPR compressions and breath,” he said, “Then the machine (AED) started to analyze and it advised that shock was necessary– my heart sunk.”

“It was a sober moment for everybody. There were staff all around us, and you could tell at that moment it was emergent,” April said.

The husband and wife team took turns using the defibrillator and doing compressions. It took two shocks to get the student’s heart beating again.

The Freemans said it took a team of teachers to clear the courtyard, calm other students, and assist them with their efforts.

Some faculty and staff involved followed the student to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Doctors told the student’s mother their actions were critical.

“They looked at the results from the AED and the AED in fact saved her life. If the AED had not been administered, she may have not been here today,” Travis Freeman said.

All Anderson County High School faculty and staff are trained to use defibrillators. Many including the teachers who helped in Monday’s rescue are also CPR trained.

The student’s mother said her daughter is still recovering in the hospital and that she is extremely grateful for their efforts.

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Staff & Bystanders Save Man at Arena

Posted by cocreator on January 14, 2014
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“It’s a crazy thing knowing your actions are going to determine what’s going to happen to someone’s life.”

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Joedy Groulx has had considerable CPR and defibrillator training in the four years he’s worked for the city at Welland Arena, preparing him for such an emergency. But the 42-year-old said actually using that training to save someone’s life was an intense experience.

“I very well could have had a heart attack myself,” he said. “It seemed like every second was an hour. It was pretty intense.”

Joedy Groulx the Saviour

Joedy Groulx the Saviour

Niagara paramedics credit Groulx and Chris McEachern with helping save the life of a 45-year-old man who suffered a heart attack at about 9:40 p.m., Wednesday.

Groulx said he used to play for the OVs old-timers hockey team last year, and when he heard they were playing during his shift at the arena he stopped by to say hi to his former teammates.

He said he watched the team play for about five seconds, when McEachern ran out of the dressing room yelling and waving his arms for help.

McEachern grabbed the nearby defibrillator and asked Groulx if he knew how to use it. They raced back to the dressing room to assist a stricken hockey player.

Groulx said McEachern’s brother Stew had already called 911 when the teammate was feeling sick, but at the time, team members thought they could make it to the hospital across the road on their own rather than call in an ambulance.

“As soon as they got him to the door of the dressing room, he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest,” Groulx said.

That’s when Groulx saw McEachern calling for help.

Groulx said the victim was “convulsing and he wasn’t breathing.”

“I started getting the defibrillator out of its case, while Chris was doing compressions.”

Groulx turned on the defibrillator and followed the instructions on its display.

The machine automatically assessed the victim’s condition, and instructed Groulx to clear the area and deliver a shock to the man’s chest.

“I hit the button and it jolted him,” he said.

They resumed CPR, including chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

“His body kind of relaxed from a really tensed-up state … and he started to breathe on his own,” Groulx said.

Paramedics arrived soon after and transported their patient to hospital.

Groulx said he didn’t relax until he learned the heart attack victim was recovering.

“I’m feeling a little better now,” he said. “I wasn’t feeling well until I knew he was going to be OK.”

“Due to the fast actions of the bystanders who knew CPR and a public access defibrillator being available, the patient was successfully resuscitated,” said Niagara Emergency Medical Services Chief Kevin Smith in a media release. “Niagara Emergency Medical Services would like to commend the actions of all involved as this is a prime example of how early CPR and public access defibrillation saves lives.”

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Former Cop Save Teen at Ski Area

Posted by cocreator on December 31, 2013
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After a teen collapsed at Afton Alps ski area, a former deputy sprang into action to use the life-saving device that brought a pulse back to the boy long enough for him to get to an ambulance.

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Without the actions of a father skiing with his family, 17-year-old Dan Mannon might not be alive today. When he fell, he wasn’t breathing and had no pulse.

“I feel really fortunate that I was there,” Shane Linehan told Fox 9 News.

Linehan was taking his daughters skiing for the first time, and he is still beaming over how well they did on the slopes. Yet, their perfect day at Afton Alps was capped off by the save of a lifetime.

“He was on the ground, lying flat,” recalled General Manager Joe Yasis, who tool Fox 9 to the spot where Mannon collapsed at Linehan’s feet on Saturday afternoon. “Shane was giving CPR right there.”

Afton Alps has had portable defibrillators, known as AEDs, for about 10 years — but they’d never used one before Mannon needed it most.

“His body went limp, relaxed, and his eyes stayed fixed and open,” Linehan recalled. “His eyelids weren’t blinking. That was when I knew it was serious.”

So, Linehan jumped out of his skis and started CPR while calling for someone to grab an AED.

“Someone had come running into the office here and said someone was on the ground not breathing,” Yasis said. “I grabbed the AED that I have here in my office and ran out there.”

While the device was being retrieved, Linehan used his pocket knife to cut the teen’s shirt away so that the pads could be applied to his skin as soon as possible.

“You hit that [button], it analyzes — it talks to you, tells you to stand clear,” Yasis explained. “Then, it tells you whether a shock is advised or not advised. In this case, it was advised.”

Mannon’s pulse returned after the shock was delivered, but he still wasn’t breathing.

“I gave him a couple more breaths. I think I smacked him, yelled his name, and said that he needed to take a deep breath,” Linehan recalled. “All of a sudden, he started breathing on his own.”

Linehan, a former sheriff’s deputy, never had to save a life like that in his dozen years in law enforcement, and he admitted the rescue was, “pretty cool” in hindsight.

“It feels amazing,” Linehan said.

Yasis tells Fox 9 News Mannon is doing well in the hospital, and said everything seemed to line up tin the teen’s favor. It usually takes about 15 minutes for an ambulance to get to the slopes, but since one was already on its way for another situation, they diverted it to the teen and got him to the hospital quickly.

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