11/13/10 197 W, 1 I - + 6 - 6 Students and Responders Recognized For Saving Student's Life

In a ceremony yesterday at the Talley Student Center at North Carolina State University, students and responders were recognized for saving another students life on September 2. Spencer Shell went jogging early that evening, and was about a mile from home when collapsed on Dan Allen Drive. He was witnessed by Jon Smetana, who saw Shell collapse and roll down a hill onto Harris Field. Robert Olson arrived within seconds, and Kate Gilbertson raced over. Shell had no pulse, and was not breathing. Smetana began chest compressions, and Olson worked on rescue breathing.

Additional students arrived to assist, including a part-time firefighter who also helped with administering CPR. Patient care was soon taken over by arriving responders from the Raleigh Fire Department, Wake County EMS, and Cary EMS. Shell spent 15 days in the hospital and received a defibrillator implant. He's recovering well. The 17 people who helped save his life were recognized yesterday in the aforementioned ceremony. Read that story in this NCSU faculty and staff bulletin, as well as nice story in this morning's News & Observer. Also see photos from Lee Wilson from the ceremony.

Lee Wilson photo

Great job guys!

It just goes to show that while it may take a village to raise and idiot, it also can take a village to save one precious life. That’s why I’m in the fire service.
Duda - 11/14/10 - 00:23

I was there that day and it really took all responders.

What an amazing outcome!

Tim Martin ran the code and did exceptional.

Chief Hammerstein responded soon after to provide leadership and remind all to “slow down.” I think I remember hearing him about three or four times simply say, “let’s slow down.”

This was one of the most well run codes I have ever been a part of.
Witnessed - 11/14/10 - 00:38

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