SCSD, fire company honor local heroes

BY HELEN B. FOSTER, Correspondent

Recognized at a recent Susquehanna Community School District board meeting for saving the life of student Cori Gliddden, center, were David Passetti, left, and Michael Iveson.

Members of the Susquehanna Fire Department were honored at the Sept. 21 Susquehanna Community school board meeting for saving a student’s life.

Fire department members appeared in full dress to honor there own for saving Cori Glidden’s life on July 19.

The meeting was moved to the high school auditorium to accomodate a large attendance which included Cori’s family and well as the families of those honored.

David Passetti and Mike Iveson were first on the scene  and started CPR when in July Glidden collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.

The seventh grader had decided to do some conditioning for the upcoming cross country season when the incident occurred. According to Richard Hennessey, SFD Chief, the quick action by Passetti and Iveson gave the time needed for paramedics and an ambulance to arrive and begin advance life support.

She was subsequently life-flighted to Geisinger Hospital in Danville. Once the heart problem was assessed she was moved to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for open heart surgery.

Other than Passetti and Iveson on call that day  and involved in the rescue, were: Chad Haley, 16 years service with the department and an emergency medical technician; Tim Teribury, 14 years of service and an EMT; Bill Iveson, 23 years service and a Barnes-Kasson  Hospital nurse; Ellis Lair, 22 years of service and a paramedic; Joe Adornato, 22 years of service and a hospital nurse: Kim Dubas 11 years of service andEMT; Sean Hennessey, 12 years of service and a first responder.

The fire chief and SFD board chairman Bob Burns both gave Barnes-Kasson Hospital credit for running the advance life support system for our area that played a direct part in saving Glidden.

Hennessey thanked each of the members of the department being honored for a job well done and presented each one with a lifesaving pin to be worn with their uniform.

The chief also thanked the school board for its support of the all-volunteer company that covers Susquehanna,Oakland, Lanesboro, and Harmony and Oakland townships.

SCSD Superintendent Bronson Stone  recognized those being honored and presented each with a citation.

Glidden and her parents, Scott and Jeannye Glidden, came forward to express their thanks to each individual involved in the rescue.

Emotions ran high and when Scott took the microphone he said, “there is nothing to say but ‘thank you’ to all involved.”

Burns closed the ceremony by calling Glidden a very determined young lady and adding, “we are very, very glad she is here.”