GRAND BLANC (WJRT) (5/17/2019) - Four Brendel Elementary School students are credited with helping save their classmate's life when he suffered a sudden medical emergency.
"He just came to us and tapped me and Jack. And, I was like what? And then, he told us what was wrong and we all went different directions," third grader Manuel Trice said.
He ran to the office. His classmate Chase Barnes stayed with the student
"I was worried if something would happen to him, like he wouldn't come back in awhile," Barnes said.
Their fellow third grader, Jack Plachta, went to get help, too. He found fifth grader Jack Johnson.
"I said to him, 'I need help. He's having a medical thing,'" Plachta said.
"I sprinted down the first grade hallway, found Mrs. Goetz and led her to where the problem was," Johnson said.
In a matter of minutes, the Brendel Elementary emergency response team was on hand and the boy got the help he needed. Their teacher, Jill Winterfield, said now the student is doing just fine.
"The little boy is very excited and he would be here with us if he could be. He's very excited that he had good friends that took care of him and he knows he can go to them now," she said.
Winterfield is very proud of the boys, because she said this is something they've prepared for.
"We've had a class meetings, but the most recent one we talked about what to look for, what signs and what to do in case they notice something happen," she said.
Winterfield is happy to know they listened and she's even more impressed with how the 9-year-olds handled the situation.
Winterfield said the emergency unfolded during dismissal, a very chaotic time of day.
"So I thought that was kind of a big deal too, that they kind of kept calm and did what they needed to do, without, you know, going crazy as far as creating the whole school looking at this child," she said.
The district nurse recognized their heroic efforts, thanking the boys and giving each of them a certificate.
"I think it's something that we all should learn, that all the kids should learn," Johnson said.