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JCEMS presented Buff Elementary School with award after visitor collapsed and staff responded.

DESIREE BERGSTROM/MADRAS PIONEER - Billie White, Buff Elementary School's principal, accepts an award from two EMS representitives, Daniell Peckham and Stephanie Swierkos, on behalf of the school after the school staff worked together to provide lifesaving CPR to a collapsed visitor, but also to keep the students calm and away from the incident.Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services presented and award to Buff Elementary on June 10, after two teachers and two educational assistants administered CPR to a parent who collapsed at the school this past school year. The parent was eventually transported to the hospital in Bend, where they were treated and then released.

The four individuals who stepped in to help were Molly Kathrein, Cori Oyler, Caleb Flu and Krista Hayes.

"It's not always easy, whether you are in this field for six months or 20 years, to save a life and you guys hit it out of the park with this one. We are so grateful to have you guys, not only in our community but to serve right next to us," said one of the JCEMS representatives who presented the award.

Billie White, the school's principal, added to the what spirit of the EMS presentation by adding, "You guys are just amazing, from every single person it doesn't matter if you were giving compressions, if you were clearing the way or if you had 50 kids in your classroom because we didn't have anywhere to put them. This is all you guys together."

White said it was an effort from all of the staff to make things go smoothly. Luckily, when the incident occurred, the students, third through fifth graders, who's classes are in that hallway, were at recess, White said, and they were able to have them stay on the playground for a little while longer before combining those students with other classes in a different hallway to keep them away from where Life Flight was planning to land.

White said that when it came time for students to be picked up, parents were very supportive and waited patiently until the school was able to figure out which students were in which classrooms.

Other teachers and staff members were sent out to flag down the ambulance from a side door and guide them in to the right place.

She said on the day the incident occurred, a couple firemen, a detective and a sergeant stayed after to debrief, telling White, the entire thing was handled the way it needed to be.

"They said, 'we just want to let you know that it was textbook, anything that could have been done right was done exactly right,'" said White.

"This is the greatest bunch of people I have ever worked with. They really care about each other and just step up," White added. "Everyone is just great."

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