05 - 02 - 2013 State College Student EMTs cut class to save life of a teacher
STATE COLLEGE â The message blaring through the classrooms wasnât meant for Hope Guthoff and Dustin Neumann, but that never occurred to them. The high school seniors and certified EMTs sprung into action Friday when they heard the call for help: a paraprofessional teacher at State College Area High School was suffering from cardiac arrest. It didnât matter that it was third period, or that one of them â Hope â was in the middle of a test. Each made the split-second decision to do what they are trained to do â help. That quick action, and the work of other teachers and school employees, helped save the manâs life. Since then, the teacher has been recovering at a hospital and Guthoff and Neumann have been celebrated inside and outside the school. But it wasnât attention that drove the students. The teens, who volunteer with Port Matilda EMS, performed CPR and assisted other responding teachers using a defibrillator to revive the man. State College district officials have not released the employeeâs name, and said Wednesday that his family has declined to speak publicly. But Neumann said the man is doing well, and could be released from the hospital within a few days.