School resource officer, school staff save maintenance worker in cardiac arrest in Union County

School resource officer, school staff save maintenance worker in cardiac arrest in Union County
A school resource officer, along with a school receptionist and a school nurse, helped save a maintenance worker who was in cardiac arrest in Union County in April.

UNION COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A school resource officer, along with a school receptionist and a school nurse, helped save a maintenance worker who was in cardiac arrest in Union County in April.

According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Forest Hills High School Resource Officer (SRO) Tex Huffman was responding to a matter in the school office when he saw a man lying on the ground in the school lobby on April 9, just after 1 p.m.

Huffman, in his fourth year as a deputy with the sheriff’s office, assessed the situation and quickly realized the man, Donald Goodman, was not breathing and had no pulse.

Deputy Huffman notified Union County Communications and immediately began chest compressions.

Forest Hills High School Receptionist Amy Nance alerted the school nurse, Tina Medlin.

Medlin went and got the automated external defibrillator (AED) from the school office and responded to the lobby.

After applying the AED pads, one shock was delivered. Within 3 minutes, Union County EMS, Wingate Police and first responders from the Wingate Fire Department arrived.

Chest compressions continued until Goodman’s pulse came back. EMS then took Goodman to the hospital.

According to his wife Karen, Goodman was in cardiac arrest when he was found and had a 90 percent blockage.

After four days in the hospital, another stent due to the blockage along with a change in diet, Goodman is back at work.

Union County officials say Goodman, along with his family, wanted to express appreciation to everyone who helped save his life.

So on Thursday afternoon, Wingate Fire Chief Travis Stegall, along with Goodman’s family formally recognized and thanked Deputy Sheriff Huffman, Ms. Nance, Nurse Medlin as well as Wingate Police Officer Saverio Montecalvo for their life saving efforts on April 9.

“Thank the Good Lord for them. If they had not been there, I wouldn’t be here,” Goodman stated.

Chief Stegall presented each of them with certificates of recognition for helping save a life.

Goodman’s wife, Karen, embroidered special key chains for each of the honorees that reads, “I SAVED A LIFE.” Goodman’s son-in-law, Adam Baker, also a firefighter with Wingate, presented the key chains to each person.

Goodman’s wife, Karen, embroidered special key chains for each of the honorees that reads, “I SAVED A LIFE.”
Goodman’s wife, Karen, embroidered special key chains for each of the honorees that reads, “I SAVED A LIFE.”

Goodman’s family said they are true believers in CPR and realize the importance of learning this basic lifesaving skill.

Goodman’s daughter, Crystal, said she wants to bring CPR training to her work and encourages others to learn how to perform it.

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