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Everyday Heroes: Davison Schools workers team up to save a life

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(09/18/12) - Every year, the Genesee-Lapeer chapter of the American Red Cross honors our friends, family and community members who stepped up when they were needed.

The 'Salute to Everyday Heroes' will be honored at an event this Thursday.

That includes a group of women from Davison schools. They were all in the right place, at the right time.

It was August, and the Davison eighth grade boys soccer team was getting ready for their season opener.

"We were out at the track doing a mile run. And he got done with a lap and said that he was having difficulty breathing," said Cassidi Scott, the middle school soccer coach. "He made it to the fence line, kind of grabbed on the fence, hunched over a little bit and was kind of sucking air. Tried to get him his inhaler again and he couldn't get it down, I mean it wasn't really working for him. And then, he got pale and started getting a wheezing sound."

Coach Scott's eyes, her ears and her 'gut' all told her Hunter was in trouble. "I told him to hop on my back, and I just kind of piggy-backed him to the cart."

That golf cart is not normally at the track, but this day it was. Scott headed straight for the school's athletic office.

Fortunately, athletic trainer Stacy West happened to be there when they pulled up. "He was already pretty blue at that and so I set him down, and a lot of times, you really just have to get them under control. And so I was talking him, trying to calm the situation," West said. "Tried his inhaler, which didn't work, and at that point, Cassidi called 911."

"He was blue. So I took off running for the AED. It's the first thing I did, I knew he was in trouble and I needed to get the AED," said Kim Duff, the Athletic Department secretary.

Along the way, she flagged down Ann Brand, the secretary in the main office. By the time they made it back to the athletic office, Christina McWilliams, the high school principal's secretary, had taken control of the situation. All three secretaries are trained first responders.

"And I just hollered out, 'he needs CPR right now, help me get him on the floor'," McWilliams said.

Hunter had gone from breathing difficulties to not breathing at all.

"I've never seen a worse sight in my life, I mean it was very scary," Brand said.

"Christina was just in the process, her and Stacy, of laying him down in the ground, so she started compressions while I'm getting the AED opened up," Duff said.

West called 911 again, while McWilliams, Brand and Duff took turns trying to save Hunter's life, in a cramped corner of the athletic office.

"You don't care if you're half on the desk or a chair is poking you in the back, you don't even acknowledge that. You're just focused on Hunter and hoping that he gets to kiss his momma's cheek again," McWilliams said.

Four of the women are mothers, and couldn't help but think about 'what if'. "Kept looking at his little face, and he's just so cute. You know he's a cute kid. And I just thought you know, if it was my kid I would want somebody to help her," Brand said.

"I didn't think they were ever going to get here, it seemed like forever. Time just kind of stood still," Duff said.

The clock was moving, of course, but more help for Hunter was not. The first ambulance sent to the school broke down on the way.

The women later learned they did CPR for about 15 exhausting minutes before paramedics arrived.

"When you're under that much pressure, and somebody's life is hanging in the balance, you put yourself aside. You are not thinking, 'I can't do this, I can't do this'. You're thinking, 'I was trained, I can do this'," McWilliams said.

It wasn't until the next day the Davison staff learned Hunter would be able to enjoy his eighth grade year. "His brain was functioning, everything was just normal, that we did this OK. We did this right," Duff said.

Hunter's mother later told staff members doctors believe Hunter would not have made it without their actions.

"I just feel like I did something anybody would do if they were there," Scott said.

"I was kind of proud of myself, I was proud of all of us for doing it," Brand said.

Their training had truly saved a life.

McWilliams believes 'divine order' had a hand in it too. "God knew what was going to happen that day. And God wasn't finished with Hunter yet. And he had us where we were, to do what we did that day."

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