Students, staff revive teachers after heart attack at school

A Charles County teacher’s life lesson of not giving up may have saved his life. Frank Holiday’s students are inspired by his teaching of welding at North Point High School in Waldorf. “He doesn’t sugarcoat anything. He tells us the truth about life,” said Kayden Chavers, a college student. But while he was playing a 3-on-3 basketball game on September 30 when he used a student-built hoop, something went wrong. “He fired his last shot. When we went to check him out, he started leaning back and fell,” said Dylan Farmer, a college student who was the first to react. “All of a sudden, I heard screams and screams down the hall. A couple[students]ran into my room and said, ‘Something happened, he just passed out,'” Burch said. Amy Robinson, the school’s water sports manager and CPR instructor, responded, “I started putting on the pads (automated external defibrillator),” said Robinson. Instructors trained in CPR knew it wasn’t a good situation. “To be honest, Frank didn’t look good . He definitely didn’t do it. There was no sign of life from him,” Robinson said. “From my training and experience, he was dead on the scene. There was about 21 minutes of continuous CPR, I believe, between everyone,” said Charles County Sheriff’s Cpl. Tiffany Smith, the school’s resource officer Holiday suffered a heart attack known as the Widowmaker, which is almost impossible to survive. But thanks to quick-thinking students and persistent teachers, he’s okay. “It’s overwhelming to think of the amount of people who haven’t given up have, and I’m here today,” Holiday said. Tuesday night, the Charles County Public Schools honored everyone who helped save Holiday who said how they survived is the greatest lesson they could ever teach. ” When the going gets tough, don’t give up. I think that’s the lesson,” Holiday said. “I really think it’s a gift from God that I’m here — 100 percent.”

A Charles County teacher’s life lesson of not giving up may have saved his life.

Frank Holiday’s students are inspired by his teaching in the welding class at North Point High School in Waldorf.

“He doesn’t sugarcoat anything. He tells us the truth about life,” said Kayden Chavers, a college student.

But while I was playing a 3v3 basketball game in September. 30, something went wrong with a tire the students built.

“He fired his last shot. When we checked him, he started to lean back and fell,” said Dylan Farmer, a college student.

Charlie Burch, who teaches construction next door, was the first to react.

“All of a sudden, I heard screams and screams down the hall. A couple[students]ran into my room and said, ‘Something happened, he just passed out,'” Burch said.

Amy Robinson, the school’s water sports manager and CPR instructor, responded.

“I started putting the pads (automated external defibrillator) on,” said Robinson.

Teachers trained in CPR knew this was not a good situation.

“To be honest, Frank didn’t look good. He definitely didn’t. There was no sign of life from him,” Robinson said.

“From my training and experience, he was dead on the scene. It was about 21 minutes of continuous CPR, I believe, between everyone,” said Charles County Sheriff’s Cpl. Tiffany Smith, the school’s resource officer.

Holiday suffered a heart attack known as the Widowmaker which is almost impossible to survive. But thanks to quick-thinking students and persistent teachers, he’s doing just fine.

“It’s overwhelming to think of the amount of people who haven’t given up and I’m here today,” Holiday said.

On Tuesday night, Charles County Public Schools honored everyone who helped save Holiday and who said how he survived was the greatest lesson he could ever teach.

“When the going gets tough, don’t give up. I think that’s the lesson,” Holiday said. “I really think it’s a gift from God that I’m here — 100 percent.”

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