Teens Use CPR to Save Classmate Having Seizure at Butler Bus Stop

Brooke Gurnari, of Bloomingdale, and Butler residents Brandon Russo and Peter Brower quickly responded to revive boy.

Screen shot of News12 interview with Brooke Gurnari.
Screen shot of News12 interview with Brooke Gurnari.
A group of students from the Morris County School of Technology saved a classmate having a seizure Wednesday morning at a Butler bus stop.

Brooke Gurnari, 17, a junior at the school’s Health Care Sciences Academy, saw the boy's face turn blue and began chest compressions for 10 minutes before emergency responders arrived, according to News12.

Health Care Sciences Academy students are certified in Red Cross, CPR, AED and First Aid during their freshman year.

Gurnari, a Bloomingdale resident, coordinated the rescue effort as Brandon Russo, a junior auto body student from Butler, held down their classmate who was convulsing and Peter Brower, a senior welding student from Butler, performed rescue breaths, according to the Daily Record.

The group's rescue effort worked as the boy began breathing again and quickly regained consciousness, the Daily Record reported.

"They really helped me out," the victim, whose name was withheld, told the Daily Record. "I feel a lot better than yesterday, which was kind of rough."
Kim Shadek April 25, 2014 at 09:18 AM
What these 3 students students did to help their fellow classmate was simply amazing! Most kids would freeze and panic, however they went into action to save a life! Congrats to all 3! I hope the town or school recognizes them in some way!
SPky April 25, 2014 at 09:37 PM
Way to go! Great school too.
Helena Appell April 26, 2014 at 05:22 AM
Awesome students! Of course, I'm wondering why it took 10 mins for first responders, when the bus stop is out in front of the Butler Police station.
Melissa Gurnari April 26, 2014 at 09:01 AM
It didn't take 10 minutes, some parts of this amazing story are becoming a little confused. It was 10-15 seconds not minutes for chest compressions; the police arrived very quickly as Brooke called for someone to dial 911 as soon as she got to the scene, so pretty much immediately after the boy was revived the police were on scene and he was not convulsing but did turn blue which is what prompted the CPR to begin....regardless of some details, overall these kids are all to be highly commended for their selfless efforts and our community and their schools should all be highly commended as we all know, it takes a village...thanks to everyone who has been so incredibly positive and sharing in this act of compassion by today's youth...bottom line, we are all proud of all of you to the moon and back...
Melissa Gurnari April 26, 2014 at 09:31 AM
*Correction approximately 30 seconds


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