Casey Davis works in the central office of the Tallapoosa County school system.  Below is the story he shared with superintendent Joe Windle about a former student and how training she got while going to classes at Edward Bell Career Technical Center were recently put to use.

This is a story from what I call the “real world.”  You know the one that really does exist, but seems to be largely forgotten by the bureaucrats in Montgomery telling us how to do education.

“Last night I was at the ball field in New Site (a small community in the north end of the county) when one of our recent graduates and completer of the Edward Bell Career Tech Center nursing program shared an incident that happened this summer and how the training  she received from EBCTC changed her life and the life of her family.

Shae Jones, a Horseshoe Bend high school graduate and current student in the nursing program at Southern Union, said that her cousin is alive today because of the excellent training she received. You will remember last school year on a foggy morning tragedy struck the Horseshoe Bend family when a young mother and her two children where on their way to school and were in a head on collision.  All three suffered from life threatening injuries and traumatic brain injuries.  The little boy who was the youngest made the quickest recovery but continues to suffer from seizures due to the injuries he suffered. 

One hot day this summer everyone was enjoying a family member’s swimming pool when tragedy struck. The little boy suffered a seizure while in the pool and stopped breathing.  The nearest ambulance was a minimum of 40 minutes away.  Shae said because of her training she was able to keep calm and respond in a professional manner

Her cousins got the boy out of the pool.  She instructed her aunt to call 911 and because of her training she was able to provide the 911 operator with the boy’s vitals, health history and provide him life saving CPR that kept him alive until paramedics arrived. 

Shae was very emotional while telling the story.  She said, ‘When I was being trained I never thought that I would have to do this on a family member and wasn’t sure if I was ever in that situation that I could handle it’  She said her cousin recently thanked her for saving his life. She said if it wasn’t for the Career Tech Center he might be dead right now.

This is one of those stories that gives validity to educators that what we are doing every day makes a difference.”

It does indeed.