Johnston schools workers honored for saving student's grandma

Posted November 10, 2010

— Johnston County Schools recognized a school nurse, guidance counselor and physical education teacher for saving the life of a student's grandmother who had a heart attack.

Nurse Rebecca Anderson, guidance counselor Katherine Moynihan and PE teacher Tiffany Carroll, who work at Dixon Road Elementary, were honored as the November Employees of the Month.

Schools spokeswoman Terri Sessoms said that the grandmother went into cardiac arrest while in a line of vehicles waiting to pick up students after school. Moynihan went to investigate after seeing the car wasn't moving and told staff to call 911.

Moynihan reached through an open window to unlock the car and began CPR on the woman. Anderson and Carroll helped her perform CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for about 20 minutes until EMS workers arrived.

Sessoms said that the grandmother was transported to the hospital, and her family told the school that she was soon able to sit up and talk.

"Doctors at the hospital stated she shouldn't still be alive and that these ladies saved her life," according to the statement nominating the women for Employees of the Month.


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  • Here We Go Again Nov 10, 2010

    Scare is all I can say.
    First off your numbers are not quite correct and your other "facts" are definitely skewed. In Wake County, which is the system you refer to, we do not put ambulances on scene in 5 minutes or less...a fire truck, yes. They have a commitment to have an ambulance in 11:59 or less and meet that well over 90% of the time. As for the "fancy chargers", you couldn't be more wrong. Try riding in one of them sometime...but make it soon cause we are getting rid of them. They are cheap and that's why they bought them. I can pretty much guarantee they haven't "run you down" to get to a burger joint or anything else G105 tried to imply.
    Shaking My Head makes some very points and I have worked in rural and urban systems. It is challenging in a rural system for multiple reasons one of which is too many separate entities. But that's a conversation for another day. I will just echo one point...YOU'RE WELCOME even though you don't say thank you...

  • treeofliphe Nov 10, 2010

    No mention of an AED, hopefully the author mistakenly left that part out.

    No business or home with elderly should be with out one.

  • u stand corrected Nov 10, 2010

    Blaming and slinging mud on a positive story! Geezzeeeeeeee

  • Scare Crow Nov 10, 2010

    stop crying............20 minutes is too freakin long. Period!! Stop the blame game.

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Nov 10, 2010

    Oh and on Thanksgiving or Christmas, maybe even New Years Eve should you need me, please don't hesitate to dial 911 because while you're sitting down with your family and celebrating; I will be with my EMS family and we'll be waiting to help yours. We hope we don't have to, but should the need arise don't worry, we are there just pick the phone up and we'll be there oh....we'll try to make it in under 20 minutes.

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Nov 10, 2010

    Or no rather...however you'd rather look at it.

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Nov 10, 2010

    Do you know the 'story' that the toe stumper who rolled by you while you sat 20 hours told to get ahead of you? That plays a big part in it? We or the Nurses in the ED can only go by what we're told. It's up to the Drs to make the final call. If that toe stumper says they're having any sort of chest pain or what-not. If the cardiac rhythm shows any sort of abnormality we're to take it for real until we can find any sort of documentation to prove it to be old cardiac injury. Sorry, it's how it goes. Some of those folks know it, therefore, they'll withold information just to work the system and get in faster. When they realize they're known in one place they begin to go to another ED until they're recognized there, then go elsewhere, so on and so forth.
    I can't speak for the chargers, we don't have that system. We don't get that 'luxury.' Rural EMS at it's finest out here. You don't have a firestation every 1/2 mile, ambulance every 50ft, etc. So yes, 20mins isn't unheard of...

  • Fx432 Nov 10, 2010

    Scared Crow,
    And you speak for all of EMS when your initial post blamed the EMS crew for finishing eating before responding? Wow! I-95 runs back northbound too in case you need directions....

  • Scare Crow Nov 10, 2010


    I have sat in ER rooms for hours and watched as the toe stumpers went to the exam rooms, I have been “run” down by EMS in their fancy dodge chargers only to follow them to their favorite hamburger joint, and yes; 20 minutes for a call involving cardiac arrest is too freakin long. I don’t care if there is only one bus and one EMS, 20 minutes is too frerakin long. You can place the blame any where you want, but when your heart stops, seconds count, not 20 minutes. Get a grip and stop playing the blame game; you do not speak for all EMS. You #1 priority is to provide emergency medical care. Iin Wake county the response time for ANY emergency call is 5 minutes or less. So just do your job and stop playing politics. And yes, 20 minutes is too freakin long……

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Nov 10, 2010

    Readytogo, thank you for recognizing that often times units respond from clear across the other side of the county, be it Wake, Johnston, Durham...wherever. EMS has became a widely used and often abused system. We're responding to more calls than ever but we're not getting funding for more units and more positions.

    Shoot, we can hardly find GOOD QUALITY people to fill our seats now. Not everybody is made to be in EMS but thats another topic for another day....