High school teacher saves life of student

PLAINSBORO, N.J. - October 28, 2010

Monday seemed just like any other day for Trevor Warner, who's been a gym teacher at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North for 16 years. But as he led a group of students out to work on the ropes course things changed quickly when a 15-year-old sophomore suffering a seizure had a heart attack and collapsed.

"It's amazing. I've heard of it before, but it's so very accurate that adrenaline just kicks in and you just do it," Warner said.

What Trevor did was call 911, send students for help, and immediately begin chest compressions - CPR.

Throughout the time he was administering CPR, Warner, the father of 2 from Richboro, Pa., continued talking to the stricken student who by then had begun turning blue.

"Don't leave me, don't leave me. Not now, keep fighting," Warner said.

Trevor says it gave him chills to learn the student remembers hearing him.

Police and EMTs arrived and took over the boy's care. He had to be hospitalized, but is recovering and will return to school soon.

Just before a class the next day, the teacher received a heartfelt e-mail from the student's mother saying "Thank you, thank you, thank you" for saving her son's life.

"I was a little late for that class because it took a little while to get myself together," Warner said.

"He did everything exactly right and because of that a student's life was saved," Principal Michael Zapicchi said.

"I'm so happy that I was prepared, that I did the right thing and that I made a difference in a young man's life because nobody's supposed to die when they're 15 years old," Warner said.

For this humble soccer coach, this was indeed a "good save."

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