Haines Elementary Teacher & School Nurse Honored For Saving Student's Life

Teacher Ellen Cooke and nurse Christine Goeppner received the Life Saver Award from the New Lenox Fire Protection District.

Credit: New Lenox Fire Protection District
Credit: New Lenox Fire Protection District

From the New Lenox Fire Protection District:

The New Lenox Fire Protection District honored two Haines Elementary school officials with the district’s Life Saver Award for coming to the aid of a student when his heart stopped.

On the morning of November 19, a 7-year-old second-grader collapsed during his gym class. He had never had any issues in gym prior to this day, but when his teacher, Ellen Cooke, ran to help him he was unresponsive.

Cooke immediately called the school nurse, Christine Goeppner, who grabbed a defibrillator and headed to the gym. Cooke and Goeppner administered CPR and used the AED to restart the young boy’s heart while others called 911 and kept the students calm.

“We want to say thank you to everyone involved in helping to save the life of the child, but especially to Ellen Cooke and Christine Goeppner,” said Fire Chief Jon Mead. “It is because of their quick thinking and knowledge of what to do in this type of situation that we were able to achieve a great outcome for the family. We are proud to give them both our Life Saver Award, they truly deserve it.”

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Ty Conderoga January 21, 2014 at 09:11 PM
Nice work, ladies. 7 is way too young to shuffle off this mortal coil. Defibs are now near-foolproof and cost about a grand. They should be everywhere.
local guy January 22, 2014 at 08:36 AM
That's awesome, I think a word of thanks also needs to go out to the school administrators that had the foresight to bring these units in! So often they get too little credit.
Kathleen Root January 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM
AED's don't "restart" the heart. What they do is if a person is in a dangerous arrhythmia v-fib, they momentarily stun the heart allowing the person' s own electrical conduction system to return to a normal rhythm.
Flora Dora January 22, 2014 at 01:12 PM
Three cheers for these two, quick thinking women. They did everything right!
Jackie Bounds Labedz March 15, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Whether the AED restarted his heart or "restarted" his life- Kudos to the ladies!!!!


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