Betty Jane Teacher and CPR Save a Life

Teacher recalls valuable lesson.
Posted on 10/26/2020
Mrs. GagneLast Friday, an APS teacher jumped into action to save a life. On her lunch break from Betty Jane CLC, Clarissa Gagne made the choice to help a neighbor and began the critical procedure of CPR -- according to the Tallmadge Fire Department -- two critical minutes before the fastest fire department units arrived.

Deputy Fire Chief Ben Stasik said in a news release, “This example shows the importance of a resilient community, one with citizens who are well trained and/or willing to step up when their neighbor is in need. I would like to publicly pass along my thank-you (to Clarissa) for being an outstanding resilient Tallmadge community member!“

Clarissa recounted for us what happened. “I went to take my puppy out to go potty and saw my neighbor collapse. She stopped breathing, had no heartbeat, so I did CPR on her. She came to about 30 seconds before the paramedics arrived.”

Clarissa credited her knowledge of CPR to the parenting classes she and her husband took when she was pregnant eight years ago.

“Such a scary moment for my neighbors,” she added. “But I’m glad I remembered what I was taught, and she is doing great now!” Thank you, Clarissa!

Image of Clarissa Gagne
(Clarissa Gagne and her seven-year-old daughter Kaitlyn)
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