Character Academy Graduate Performs CPR, Saves Grandfather

Children at a recent character academy get a tour of Lifeguard 10.
Children at a recent character academy get a tour of Lifeguard 10.

On the morning of February 17, during a snow day, 12-year-old Glory Rogers found that her grandfather had collapsed on the floor. Her grandmother called 9-1-1 and the two checked for a pulse but could not find one. Glory jumped into action telling her grandmother she had learned CPR in Roanoke County’s Character Academy last summer.

Glory had learned a general version of cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) last July when she attended the Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Character Academy for kids. She began chest compressions as her grandmother relayed the 9-1-1 dispatcher’s specific step-by-step instructions on how to perform CPR.

Once the paramedic crew from the Masons Cove station arrived, they confirmed with dispatch that the patient was a working code blue and provided advanced life support (ALS) treatment, and then transport to a local hospital.

Although the grandfather spent several days in the hospital, the cardiologist could find no damage had been done as a result of his sudden heart attack and credited, in large part, Glory and the ALS care he received from the Masons Cove paramedics with saving her grandfather’s life.

Roanoke County Fire & Rescue is hosting a reception on Thursday, March 12 at 4:00 p.m.
at the Roanoke Valley Regional Fire & EMS Training Center to honor and recognize Glory for her heroic and brave efforts to save her grandfather’s life.

“Glory is a testament to the value and importance of fire and life-safety public education,” said Public Education Specialist Brian Clingenpeel. “This grandfather is living proof of why public education is so crucial.”

The Roanoke County Public Safety Center is located at 5925 Cove Road in Roanoke.

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