Life-saving lessons

February 22, 2014 — By CHET BAUMGARTNER

Norwell student revives his mother after learning CPR, rescue breathing
in classroom
Austin Combs’ isn’t the first student to apply Aquatic Director Jon Gate’s classroom content to the real world.
Jesse Archer, now a 15-year-old freshman at Norwell High School, was once riding his bike near Ossian Furniture when a girl started crossing the street without looking both ways.
The southbound motorist tried to stop in time, Archer said, but he couldn’t.
The girl, though still conscious, skidded down the road after the impact and was screaming — and bleeding — when Archer stopped.
Remembering Gates’ class, Archer told another motorist to grab some kind of cloth, and when the person returned with a towel, Archer applied it to the girl’s wound, while another person tended to her knee.
“I can’t really describe the (feelings),” the Ossian resident said. “My heart was pumping.’’
They also calmed her down until her screams subsided into quiet tears.
Archer said he can’t remember when it happened — near his seventh-grade year, he believes — but he hopes to use that same training this summer as a lifeguard.
— Chet Baumgartner

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