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C-NS Educator Recognized for Life Saving Action Teaches CPR to Students

Joanne Thornton, a Health Teacher at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, was recognized by the NSCSD Board of Education in December for her lifesaving efforts using CPR. She is now teaching CPR to students in her class at C-NS. 

Back in October, Cicero-North Syracuse High School Health Education Teacher Joanne Thornton found herself in a life or death situation. When she came across a man who had collapsed from a medical issue at a local gas station she sprung into action. She performed CPR with some help from a gas station employee until paramedics arrived. 

On December 19 at the NSCSD Board of Education meeting, Joanne was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation for her actions. Don Landers, the man whose life she saved, was in attendance. 

Now Thornton’s students are learning those life saving skills. They also plan to participate in Damar Hamlin’s #3 for Heart CPR Challenge. The Buffalo Bills player suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed during an NFL game on January 2. 

The challenge includes three steps:
  1. Learn CPR;
  2. Donate to the American Heart Association; and
  3. Share your support by posting a picture with your heart hands up and tag three friends with #3forHeart. 
The Challenge has a goal of raising $3 Million. 

Click here to visit the Challenge website.