LIVINGSTON, NJ - The heroic actions of Joseph Carrino, a junior at Livingston High School, were recognized by the Board of Education on June 8 for giving CPR to an elderly man in an apparent cardiac emergency just a few weeks after finishing first aid training in health class.
All juniors at LHS receive six weeks of safety skills and first aid training as part of Health 11. The students have the opportunity to become certified through the American Red Cross in Adult CPR/AED and First Aid. The objective is to prepare students to respond to sudden illnesses and injuries in an appropriate, skilled, and calm manner.
Over the years of having this as part of the curriculum, several LHS students have been involved in first aid emergencies, using the skills they learned to help others.
“Joseph’s story is especially powerful and a wonderful testimony to our program of certification,” said teacher Nancy Ooms. Joseph had just been tested on the skills—receiving a 50 out of 50—when driving with his mother in Roseland, they heard cries for help.
His mother, Carmen, a graduate of LHS, explained that what happened next was an amazing thing to watch: An elderly man unconscious in a car; his daughters panicked and trying to do CPR, while their father was in a seated position.
“Joseph had one thing on his mind,” Carmen said. “And it was to save the man.”
Joseph got the man out of the car, and administered chest compressions and rescue breaths until the police and ambulance arrived.
“The LHS Health and Physical Education Department is extremely proud of Joe and the commitment that our students have to helping others in emergencies, and is dedicated to preparing them for future situations,” said Supervisor of Health and Physical Education Andy Krupa.