GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Grand Island assistant principal jumped into action to save a student’s life. Assistant Principal Eleanor Payne says she's not a hero. However, thanks to her quick thinking and actions she saved a 10-year-old students life.
Payne walked us through what happened in the hallway of the middle school earlier this week. A student and her mother went back to school around 4 p.m. to put the finishing touches on her locker for the school year, when all of a sudden the girl passed out. The mother started screaming. News 4 was told the girl was shaking on the ground and blue in the face.
Someone called 911, and that’s when Payne ran out of her office to the girl’s side. She was CPR trained, and just recently renewed her certification in August. Adrenaline kicked in and Payne completed two rounds of CPR, and got the girl’s pulse back.
Grand Island Fire Chief Kevin Koch says this shows how valuable it is to have CPR training, because you never know when it will be needed.
Payne said, “My full concern was that student and that was it. I thought of my own children and I thought to myself, I am not going to let anything happen to this child. That is how I proceeded. I knew what I needed to do and I was trained to do that.”
“Obviously we’re very fortunate to have somebody like her in our building,” said Grand Island Middle School Principal Jerry Parisi. “She was obviously very composed, poised and focused. Everything else went out the window, her primary focus was, boom, I have to take care of this student.”
News 4 was told the student will be returning to class shortly. The school is putting together a plan to help her get back into the swing of things.
Below is a statement issued by Dr. Teresa Lawrence, Superintendent of Schools, on behalf of the family:
We want to thank everyone and we are extremely appreciative of all the help and support. We are especially grateful for the quick response of assistant principal Eleanor Payne and the emergency responders. Our child is doing well and will be returning to school soon.
Thank you for your continued prayers.
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