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C.M. WALKER/Alachua County Today

At the podium is High Springs Police Chief Joel DeCoursey, Jr.; L-R: School Resource Officer Larry Downing, Principal Lynn McNeill, Life Saving Award Recipients Sherry Sakai, teacher and Johnelly Green, school nurse. William McMahon, teacher, was also a recipient, but is not pictured.

HIGH SPRINGS – Two teachers and a school nurse received an award at the High Springs city commission meeting last Thursday for saving the life of a child.

At the beginning of the commission meeting, High Springs Police Chief Joel DeCourse, Jr., invited High Springs Community School Principal Lynn McNeill to the podium to introduce the recipients of the Life Saving Award. School Resource Officer Larry Downing had nominated the trio.

Teachers Sherry Sakai and William McMahon and School Nurse Johnelly Green administered the Heimlich Maneuver and performed CPR for several minutes on a choking 7th Grade student at High Springs Community School on Dec. 15 until emergency personnel arrived at the school.

After continuous efforts, the foreign object was eventually expelled. The student began to slowly breathe on his own. Emergency personnel arrived on scene and treated and transported the youngsterto a local hospital. Emergency Medical Service personnel gave credit to the school staff for saving the life of the student.

A High Springs Police Department spokesman said afterwards that he has heard that the child is now chewing his food thoroughly before swallowing.

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