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School Security Guard's Swift Actions Save Student's Life in Busy Hallway

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Schools can be dangerous places for many reasons. Some of those reasons have been tragically illustrated with the relatively recent school shootings.

There are other things that happen on campuses too, though. Bullying is another huge issue that people are trying more than ever to combat.

But for Pascack Hills High School senior Sarah Bazzini, the item that almost took her life was much smaller and seemingly harmless.

Roger Caron, the school’s law enforcement officer, was passing by her when he noticed that something was very wrong.

“I noticed Sarah didn’t seem right. She was stumbling a bit, moving very quickly,” he recalled.

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“The closer I got I realized her color was off and she ran up to me and started giving me the choke signal. At that point, I knew exactly what was wrong.”

Bazzini had been finishing up her lunch in the hallway before class when a french fry got lodged in her throat.

The 18-year-old tried everything she could think of, including taking a drink, but nothing was working.

“I knew it was lodged in my throat,” said Bazzini, “my drink which I had in my hand couldn’t get it down. After a couple of seconds, I slowly felt myself fading, to be honest with you.”

The officer’s quick response was caught on the security camera, and he managed to successfully perform the Heimlich maneuver.

Officer Caron had decades of experience to pull from. Before working for the school, he spent 34 years with the local police department.

Though Bazzini knew him before, she appreciates him far more after her brush with death. His actions have solidified her own future plans: to become a police officer herself.

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“There’s such a special bond with him now. He’s a hero,” she said.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to know you can help somebody and that’s what I took away from this,” said Caron.

Fortunately for this young woman, Caron was aware and trained to assist her. Had he not been there, someone else might have stepped in — but then again, perhaps not.

Either way, he was in the right place at the right time, and he made the right choice. Thank you, Officer Caron.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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Faith, Animals, Cooking