May 1, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU PE graduate uses CPR to save fellow teacher
Beth Shay, a 1990 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and now a Hershey [Pa.] Middle School teacher, is in the news for helping save the life of another elementary school teacher and former SRU student.
The two reunited recently for lunch, providing Kathy Hutchinson, formerly from Grove City, the chance to say "thank you." "I'm just thankful she was there and she was knowledgeable," Hutchinson said. "It could have been so much worse."
The two were brought together at a Feb. 9 volleyball game in Lancaster where Hutchinson, who was watching her daughter play, collapsed from an apparent heart problem.
According to The Patriot News' online Penn Live, Shay, a mother of a player on the opposite team, immediately started CPR, while Hutchingson's husband, the team's coach, dialed 911.
EMTs arrived with a defibrillator, taking Hutchinson to the hospital.
The Derry Township School District honored Shay for her quick action, and School Superintendent Joe McFarland said Shay was "an example to adults and students."
Shay teaches sixth-grade health and physical education and had previously undertaken CPR training. Hutchinson teaches first grade at Lyall J. Fink Elementary in the Middletown Area School District.
Special Note: SRU has 33 defibrillators distributed in buildings across campus, including one in each residence hall. Two units are carried in SRU Police cruisers.
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