La Center High student collapses, revived by firefighters

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter

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A student at La Center High School collapsed in the parking lot Wednesday morning, but luckily a firefighter was already at the school and ran to help.

The girl had a medical incident and was found unconscious and was not breathing in the parking lot just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, prompting an emergency response.

Clark County Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Brett Graham was already at the school and, within moments, ran out to render aid, the agency’s spokesman Tim Dawdy said.

A school nurse also responded and gave the girl CPR while Graham used his automated external defibrillator to shock the student, Dawdy said.

Paramedics from the fire agency also responded and treated the girl, and together they were able to resuscitate her and transport her to Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. Her condition was not available.

Dawdy said the situation is a lucky one, as Graham is one of the agency’s most senior battalion chiefs with more than 25 years of experience.