2016-10-26 / Front Page

Teacher Hailed As Lifesaver

By Liz Goff
A quick-thinking teacher trained in CPR and emergency response saved the life of a student at a Jackson Heights middle school on October 20.

Amy Spears, 44, was teaching a math class at the Louis Armstrong Middle School on Junction Boulevard on October 20, when she saw a young girl collapse outside her classroom. Spears said she ran to the sixth-grader, who had started convulsing and stopped breathing.

Spears, who has been a teacher for 21 years, said she immediately started CPR on the girl and “shouted to anyone listening to call 911, to get help.”

That’s when another teacher grabbed a defibrillator and handed it to Spears. The mother of two shocked the girl one time before an EMS crew arrived at the school. The medics said Spears’ clear head and training likely saved the girl’s life.

The girl was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where she was listed in serious but stable condition.

The girl’s shaken family heaped praise on Spears, saying they are grateful that she received the training that saved the girl’s life.

Spears said she was shaken by the incident, but followed her training and prayed for a positive outcome. “I never really thought I would have to do this for anyone, especially a student,” Spears said. “I didn’t do it alone,” she explained. “Everyone at the school helped to save her.”

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