Thursday, September 4 2014, 06:57 AM EDT
Teachers' Training Saves Student's Life
A gymnasium full of students, and teachers cheer.
They are honoring three PE teachers at East Hamilton Middle and High School.
The three teachers were able to save an 8th grade student after he stopped breathing one Friday in August.
"I remember playing basketball, seeing my friend Pete, then getting a headache and everything blacking out," said Joel Ervin.
Joel Ervin said he woke up in an ambulance, and has three teachers to thank for saving his life.
"I thank them. I love them. I can't ever repay them, if I had everything in the world I would give it to them," he said of his teachers.
"I thought he was playing, kidding, joking like they do," said Ryan Cooper, on the his PE teachers. "After I got closer, hollering his name, he wasn't joking."
Joel was having seizure like movements on the floor, he had stopped breathing. The teachers and the school nurse, used the AED and CPR to resuscitate him.
"Everyone told him that he wouldn't have been here if it wasn't for you guys," said Cindy Hitchcock, Ervin's grandmother, to the teachers.
Just two weeks earlier the teachers had been CPR certified.
"I'm glad I had the tools that day," said Bailey Reeves. "We may have been talking about a different story if we hadn't been certified."
"I think you think of life saving in a different way. Not actually saving a life, and starting a heart," said Holly Smith.
They want to stress the importance of teachers knowing CPR and first aid training.
You may never have to use it, but if you do, it could save a life.