VBCPS employee honored for saving a life

VBCPS employee honored for saving a life
Posted on 02/20/2019
Virginia Beach City Public School (VBCPS) School-to-Work Transition Supervisor Anjanette Hendricks was in the checkout lane at the Nimmo Parkway Walmart Jan. 21 when a man nearby fell to the ground, clutching his chest.

“People were standing around, naturally concerned,” Hendricks remembered. “I am reasonably sure they were feeling that they should do something but didn’t know what to do, or didn’t have the confidence to do it. It all happened in slow motion as I was scanning the scene. Still, no one moving, me thinking, ‘This can’t be allowed to happen – someone has to do something – this can’t happen.’ Before I knew it, my feet had taken off in the direction of the man on the floor, then calm as you like, I asked the lady kneeling by her husband if I could help. I opened the gentleman’s shirt and began CPR.”

Hendricks continued chest compressions until paramedics arrived with an automated external defibrillator (AED), took over and transported the victim to a hospital. The next day, she received a call from the EMT captain who had led the team that responded to the emergency and he told her that the man had been sitting up in bed and was ambulatory. She said it was only then that she realized the magnitude of what had transpired.

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