December 9, 2015 St. George, Utah School Resource Officer Matt Schuman of the St. George Police Department has been credited with saving the lives of two people in one day according to a press release written by the Washington County School District.
The 10 year veteran oft he Department served 5 years with teh Drug Enforcement task force prior to becoming a School Resource officer. From the press release:
“Yesterday at Dixie Middle School around 2:00pm a female student reported to her teacher that she was not feeling well in gym class. The teacher sent her with a hall pass to go rest in the front office/nurse’s room and instructed the student to call her parents where she remained until they arrived.
Officer Schuman was in the office and stayed with the student to make sure she was doing ok until her parents arrived. The student exhibited flu like symptoms and did vomit into a receptacle. When the student’s father arrived and spoke with administration and Officer Schuman she collapsed to her knees. After resting for a moment her father responded that he would take her to Instacare and felt that her symptoms were just part of the flu that had been going around her family. Officer Schuman was not convinced and felt that something more was wrong. He directed that he would call for an ambulance after checking again the students symptoms. The student’s parent agreed.
It was at this time that the student’s father went to place her belongings in his truck when the student collapsed being caught by Schuman before hitting the ground and she then proceeded to have a seizure. After the seizure the student shortly after went into cardiac arrest losing pulse and breathing. Without hesitation Officer Shuman and a local parent (Denim Lyman, at DMS for an unrelated reason) began CPR on the student. Officer Shuman continued CPR for 2 minutes and revived the student. After a few moments of coming back to conciseness the student again went into cardiac arrest. Officer Schuman then again began CPR until the EMT services arrived on scene.
Medical services then used a defibrillator twice upon the student to obtain a regular pulse then she was rushed to the local DRMC and eventually transferred via LifeFlight to a hospital in Las Vegas.
It is due to the heroic efforts and proficient training that we “Thank” Officer Shuman for his quick thinking and fast response. We appreciate our partnership with the SROs in Washington County School District and thank the local police agencies for their unfailing dedication in keeping our students and staff safe within boundaries of our learning environments. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to officer Schumann for his outstanding performance.”
Furthermore on his way home after working at a WCSD school wrestling match, Schuman headed toward home for the evening when he overheard on his police scanner a 911 dispatch call about a 9-day-old infant choking. Being the closest officer in the area (only three houses away) to the call he proceeded to the location and began working to remove the obstruction in the child’s airway. He was successful in saving this child’s life as EMTs arrived and continued care.