Angels in Phenix City

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Phenix City Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry DiChiara says this story brings to mind the saying, 'angels are among us.'

The angels he is talking about is Nurse Fredrick, Nurse Howard, Nurse Perry and students in the Health Care Academy at Central High School.

Monday morning the carpentry teacher, Shane Flippo, was not feeling very well. When his discomfort did not go away, he decided to go to the emergency room. But before he could get to his truck he collapsed.  The assistant principal who was walking him to his car called for backup.

The Health Science teachers, who are also nurses, began caring for Flippo and administering CPR.  Without being asked, their students ran to get the school nurse and the automated external defibrillator or AED.

Health Science Teacher and Nurse Andie Fredrick could not stop praising her students. "They knew everything that you wonder if they really get. They got. They were able to think on their own and act and that is the most I can ask for."

Fredrick and co-teacher Danita Perry says this is the first time they had to give CPR to someone they knew. Perry said it "was a very difficult challenge."

"It was very different than a hospital atmosphere where your emotions are kind of in the back ground," explained Fredrick.

School Nurse Cindy Howard took over CPR as the AED was started.  Flippo was shocked twice before the ambulance arrived and paramedics took over his care.

Howard said it is still hard to think about what happened, but the story has a happy ending.

"God wove everyone together as a team. You could just see it fitting like a hand in a glove. He put everyone in place to save our co-worker."

While their co-worker recovers in the hospital, these angels are back to work.

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