Morrison school resource officer Jason Richardson was presented with a Heartsaver Hero Award on Thursday night after he saved a life using CPR skills acquired through training provided by Morrison school nurses.
All school nurses are American Heart Association CPR instructors and they offer classes to all Warren County school employees free of charge, usually at the beginning of each school year.
According to Richardson, it was a day like any other. He said back in August, a tornado had torn his barn down. His sister brought a couple of acquaintances over to collect some of the old barn wood.
“I was in another area picking up wood,” said Richardson. “The couple’s father, who was in his 60s, suddenly collapsed on the ground so they hollered at me. I rushed over to check him out and he had no pulse. I called 911 and continued CPR for 10 minutes until paramedics arrived.”
Richardson said the man was transported to a hospital and medical reports showed his heart had stopped. After receiving a pacemaker, he is doing well.
“Jason lost him twice and had to bring him back with CPR before the ambulance got there,” said registered nurse Nicole Magness to School Board members during the presentation.
Added Patricia Hiner, RN and Morrison school nurse, “I am overwhelmed that Jason was able to use the skills and knowledge gained in one of my classes to save a life.”
Morrison principal Kim Cantrell couldn’t say enough positive things about having Richardson as an SRO and member of her safety team.
“Having Jason on staff with knowledge of being able to save a life is invaluable and knowing he is at Morrison puts my mind at ease,” said Cantrell.
Today, many Americans feel helpless to act during an emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR or they are afraid of hurting the victim. The Heartsaver Hero Award is presented through American Heart Association to recognize heroes who have stepped in to save a life.
For more information on how to learn CPR, visit the American Heart Association website for a list of training centers and basic life support courses.
“I’d encourage everyone to learn CPR because you’ll never know when you might need it,” said Richardson.