SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two Springfield middle school students received some special recognition Friday, for saving the life of one of their teachers. Back on April 16, Chestnut Accelerated Middle School South teacher Regina Evans-Cox was eating an apple, when she began choking and fell. Two students, Chasidy Sierra and Isaiah Fraticelli, saw what was happening and came to her rescue. They carried her toward the nurse’s office and yelled for help.
Security guard James Gary administered the Heimlich maneuver; dislodging the piece of fruit from her throat and saving her life. Evans-Cox was able to return to work the next day.
State Representative Carlos Gonzalez (D-Springfield) came to the school Friday, bringing with him state citations signed by the speaker of the house, to honor the students for their quick thinking.
Sierra and Fraticelli were not the only ones honored on Friday morning, however. Sixty-five students were recognized for making the honor roll, and five students received honors for perfect attendance.