EMT students help save a classmate

BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Two college students put their EMT training to good use by helping treat one of their fellow students for a medical emergency.

“I got an alert on my phone that there was a student in the building next door who was having a seizure,” said Alex Pasculle, a sophomore nursing student at Bloomsburg University,

That’s when Bloomsburg graduate student Alex Pasculle sprang into action. The student was in class with other students who tried to help him.

“I was able to help keep the child’s airway open just by using a simple jaw thrust, nothing special. And get him out of the immediate danger zone he was in,” said Alex Pasculle .

Erik Josephson, a sophomore nursing student, was working with the Bloomsburg Volunteer Association ambulance when the alert arrived.

“I was in the truck when I saw the call come out. I knew I could direct us to the building and get us to help the person even more,” said sophomore nursing student Erik Josephson. at Bloomsburg University.

Pasculle and Josephson have been paramedics for a while, but say it’s rewarding to lend a hand to one of their peers.

“Especially as a student from Bloomsburg, it really hits hard because he’s one of my classmates and it feels really good to be able to help him out,” Erik Josephson said.

“All the help I was getting from the police here, from the teacher, from classmates, so it was really amazing. It was definitely a team effort,” Pasculle said.

The student recovered. When university officials heard about their efforts, they presented the duo with the Huskies Hero Award. Pasculle says you don’t need medical training to be a good Samaritan.

If you don’t want to become certified in CPR or take first aid training, at least do what you can and never miss an emergency,” Pasculle said.

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