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Students and staff help save janitor's life

January 14, 2010
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SAGINAW, MI — Members of the Martin G. Atkins Elementary School staff are credited with helping save custodian Fred Cruz''s life earlier this week, according to the Saginaw News.

Students on the way to Martin G. Atkins Elementary School found Cruz lying on his back near the entrance incapacitated with the motor of the snowblower he was operating still running, the story stated.

After students notified staff members of the incident, Cruz was quickly brought into the building and had cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performed on him, the story noted.

Martin G. Atkins Elementary School Principal Chuck Lesser said: "They thought he slipped and fell and they were expecting him to get back up, but when he didn''t get back up, they notified [school employee] Pam Brill, who paged me. We followed the directions that came with the automated external defibrillator (AED), and we shocked [Cruz''s chest] with it, and then myself and several staff members started performing CPR."

Cruz, who was in critical condition at the time of press, is being treated at Covenant HealthCare''s Cooper Campus for an apparent heart attack, the story added.

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