Hero students to the rescue.
“I’m here today because of five really good kids,” Northern High School graphics teacher Daniel Carey said Thursday, tearing up. “I believe if they weren’t there to save me, I don’t think that I would be here right now.”
Carey on October 3 collapsed in a hallway at the school and suffered two grand mal seizures that sent him into cardiac arrest.
“I saw Mr. Carey on the floor and I ran over and grabbed his head,” said senior Mary Secord. “I kinda just think I went into action mode.”
Secord is a trained lifeguard and happened to be within earshot of another student yelling for help after discovering Carey on the ground. She’s certified in CPR, AED and first aid; her training prepared her for things just like this.
“He was not conscious at all,” Secord said. “He was just kinda trying to fight back, so we, we were restraining him in order for him to not hurt himself or anyone else.”
Secord and four other students — Ryan Warner, Sam Pequinot, Charles Keller and Emma Little — all tended to and cared for Carey until the nurse and eventually paramedics arrived.
Carey was taken to Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital and then life-flighted to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where he was placed into a medically-induced coma for six days.
The students, with Carey looking on, were formally recognized for their bravery at a school board meeting Thursday.
“Just showed how prepared they were and how much they care about others,” superintendent Dr. Eric Eshbach said.
Carey is now home with family, resting up and slowly trying to regain strength. It was only after he awoke that he learned his students had come to his rescue. He said Thursday he doesn’t recall the incident.
“Just to know they did the right things — how to hold me, to keep me safe, to get administration there, to go through the protocol that the school put in place,” Carey said. “I believe the steps they did led to me still being here today.”
Doctors discovered a small mass in Carey’s frontal lobe that will need to be removed via surgery. He hopes to be back in the classroom sometime next spring.