For quick thinking during a sledding accident, Northview High School senior Samantha Good received a commendation from the Sylvania Township Fire Department this week.
Ms. Good was enjoying the snow at the Northview hill over winter break when a young woman was thrown from an inner tube while sledding nearby. She immediately came to her attention. Calmly asking other sledders to please call 911, she placed the unconscious woman in a C-spine immobilization hold. When the woman regained consciousness minutes later, Ms. Good explained talked to her, and her calm until paramedics arrived.
Ms. Good told the paramedics the details of the accident and the procedures she had taken. She explained that she was part of the Medical Technologies (Med Tech) program at Northview. Lt. David Hatfield, impressed with what he heard, especially when learning she was a high school student, said "...I knew we had to do something [for Ms. Good]."
Fire Chief Jeff Kowalski and Lt. Hatfield of the Sylvania Township Fire Department on Tuesday presented Ms. Good with the commendation during a brief ceremony during her Med Tech class. In attendance were her parents and grandparents, Superintendent Brad Rieger, Principal Steve Swaggerty, and Julie Sanford, secondary curriculum and career tech assistant director.
Ms. Good's last semester will include a shadow placement at Mercy St. Vincent's Hospital in pediatrics and the emergency room before she graduates in the spring. She plans to attend Lourdes University in the fall, with a possible major in the medical field.
Northview Med Tech students have a history of being first responders in the area. Pat Johnson, who teaches the Med Tech2 program, says the program enjoys many partnerships with police and fire departments as well as area hospitals.
Students gain Citizen Emergency Response Training through a partnership with the Sylvania Police Department.