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Carpenter and Shepperd Given First Ever "Piedmont Heroes Award".
There comes a time in every educator’s life when the unthinkable happens. There is a moment – sudden an unpredictable- when a student’s life literally hangs in the balance. What happens at that time can be called many things:
and- if things go wrong
But this story is about a tragedy averted. It is about two dedicated and willing staff members who trained yearly, thought clearly, and performed perfectly under pressure. It is a testament to their dedication, and the celebration of a life saved.
On May 24th, 2012 during 8th grade physical education class, one of our students collapsed. He was not breathing and went from an erratic pulse to cardiac arrest. Coach Mike Shepperd and his team diverted classes away from the scene, and Nurse Deborah Carpenter was called to assist. They began CPR as 911 was called. Our AED machine was retrieved from the office, and used to pull him back from the brink.
The quick thinking and acting of the entire Piedmont staff, as well as our area first responders from Unionville made a difference in averting what could have been a community tragedy. But it was these two people who stand with me today that took a young man’s life in their hands, held it firmly, and refused to let go.
To us, they are heroes, and I am proud to award each of them this evening, with our first ever Piedmont Hero Awards.
Written by: Dr. Anne Radke, Principal
Posted: Jun 07, 2012 by Karen Barbee