We would like to congratulate our fellow brothers in their heroic act here on campus.
UB employees Russell Stith, right, and Dave Burgett came to the rescue of a young child who had stopped breathing and had no pulse. The child is reported to be doing well. Photo: Douglas Levere
By SUE WUETCHER
“By all accounts, Mr. Stith saved the child’s life.” Police Chief Gerald Schoenle
The woman ran, screaming, to the loading dock at the Beane Center last Friday afternoon, a child in her arms. He was not breathing and had no pulse.
And thanks to the quick action of two UB employees, the child was revived and is reported to be doing well.
Russell Stith and Dave Burgett, both plumbers in University Facilities – Operations, were working in the plumbing shop in the Beane Center on the North Campus when they heard the woman’s calls for help. She had been waiting in her car outside the building when she noticed the child had become unresponsive.
The 5-year-old boy had a tracheotomy tube that had become obstructed, said Stith, a captain with the Ellicott Creek Volunteer Fire Company and former EMT. Burgett stabilized the child and Stith use a suction unit supplied by the woman to suction the tracheotomy tube. The child began breathing again and they performed CPR until his pulse returned.
University Police responded, along with Twin City Ambulance and Getzville Fire Company. The child was taken to Women’s and Children’s Hospital. He is reported to be doing well.
“By all accounts, Mr. Stith saved the child’s life,” said UB Police Chief Gerald W. Schoenle Jr.
Stitch told the UB Reporter it “feels great” to save a life and “put the training to use.”
He said that, “unfortunately,” Friday’s incident was not the first time he’s had to respond to such an event.
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