Pupils and staff revive a teacher after a heart attack at school


A Charles County teacher’s life lesson in not giving up may have saved his life. Frank Holiday’s students are inspired by his welding lessons at North Point High School in Waldorf. “said Kayden Chavers, a college student. But while he was playing a 3-on-3 basketball game on Sept. 30, using a hoop the students had built, something went wrong.” He made his last shot. , he started leaning back and fell,” said Dylan Farmer, a college student. Charlie Burch, who teaches building next door, was the first to respond. ) ran into my room and said, “Something happened, he just passed out,” Burch said. Amy Robinson, the school’s water sports manager and CPR trainer, responded. .Teachers trained in CPR knew this was not a good situation. “To be honest, Frank didn’t look well. He defined italy didn’t. There was no sign of life from him,” Robinson said. “In my training and experience, he was dead at the scene. It was, I think, about 21 minutes of continuous CPR between everyone,” Charles County Sheriff’s Corporal Tiffany Smith said. school resource officer. for quick-thinking students and persistent teachers, he’s doing well. “It’s overwhelming to think of how many people didn’t give up, and I’m here today” Charles County Public Schools honored everyone who helped save Holiday on Tuesday night, who said how he survived was the greatest lesson he could ever teach. it gets hard, don’t give up. I think that’s the lesson,” Holiday said. “I really think it’s a gift from God that I’m here — 100 percent.”

A Charles County teacher’s life lesson not to give up may have saved his life.

Frank Holiday’s students draw inspiration from his welding lessons at North Point High School in Waldorf.

“He doesn’t sugarcoat things. He tells us the truth about life,” said student Kayden Chavers.

But during a 3-on-3 basketball game on September 30, using a hoop the students built, something went wrong.

“He fired his last shot. When we checked him out, he started to lean back and fell,” student Dylan Farmer said.

Charlie Burch, who teaches building next door, was the first to respond.

“All of a sudden I heard screaming and screaming in the hallway. Two (students) ran into my room and said, ‘Something happened, he just passed out'”, Burch said.

Amy Robinson, the school’s water sports manager and CPR trainer, responded.

“I started applying the (automated external defibrillator) electrode pads,” Robinson said.

Teachers trained in CPR knew this was not a good situation.

“To be honest, Frank didn’t look well. He definitely wasn’t. There were no signs of life from him,” Robinson said.

“Based on my training and experience, he was dead at the scene. It was, I think, about 21 minutes of continuous CPR between everyone,” the Charles County Sheriff’s Corporal said. Tiffany Smith, the school resource manager.

Holiday suffered a heart attack known as widowmaker, which is nearly impossible to survive. But thanks to quick-thinking students and persevering teachers, he is doing well.

“It’s overwhelming to think of how many people didn’t give up, and I’m here today,” Holiday said.

Charles County Public Schools honored everyone who helped save Holiday on Tuesday night, who said how he survived was the greatest lesson he could ever teach.

“If it gets tough, don’t give up. I think that’s the lesson,” Holiday said. “I really think it’s a gift from God that I’m here – 100 per cent.”


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