Johnston schools workers honored for saving student's grandma

Posted November 10, 2010 12:24 p.m. EST

— 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.