The Fairfax County School Board has recognized eight Cooper Middle School employees for working as a team to save the life of a student last June. The employees – Heather Dorman, Dan Farney, Mike Hunter, Donna McAllister Long, DiAnn Park, Leslie Psaltis, Frank Stevens and Scott Worthington – were honored in a School Board resolution at the Board’s business meeting on Thursday, Dec. 17.
The Cooper staff members worked as a team, using their training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how to use defibrillation devices to save the student, who suffered a cardiac arrest during the school day.
They immediately sought professional medical attention, communicated clear information and directions to those professionals, and engaged in crowd control to allow rapid access to the student while protecting others. Medical staff at the hospital who treated the student credited the quick and skilled actions of the staff members in averting what may have turned out to be a tragedy.