June 2012 Issue
May 21, 2012

Short takes: Heroes hailed

Source: NYSUT United

Many heroic actions are performed by NYSUT members, and some of the people who helped save lives are nominated for recognition at the annual NYSUT Representative Assembly.

Lifeline Honor Roll members for 2012 are:

Brian Christman, Sayville Teachers Association, who is credited for quick thinking and bravery assisting in saving the life of a potential drowning victim;

Richard Miekley, Port Jefferson Station TA, who successfully performed CPR and used an Automated External Defibrillator to save the life of a student who was in cardiac arrest;

Sean Rucker, Victor TA, who skillfully performed CPR, saving the life of a community member who had a seizure while playing basketball and went into cardiac arrest;

Andrew Sealander, Cheektowaga Central TA, who performed the Heimlich Maneuver and saved a choking seventh-grade student;

Justin Seifert, Port Jefferson Station TA, who performed CPR and used an AED to save the life of a student who was in cardiac arrest; and

Joseph Surgot, Hicksville Congress of Teachers, who saved a choking seventh-grade student during lunch by performing the Heimlich Maneuver.

Study seeks participants

NYSUT joined the American Cancer Society as a lead partner to support a Cancer Prevention Study, hosting recruitment efforts at the RA in Buffalo in April, where 72 people signed up to participate in the long-term health survey. NYSUT's commitment to this study is an important one as ACS looks to identify new risk factors for cancer that may impact future generations.

Participants are 30-65 years old; have never been diagnosed with cancer (excluding basal or squamous cell skin cancer) and commit to follow-up mail surveys for the next 20-30 years. The ACS's national recruitment goal for the study is 300,000 people. Individuals may still enroll through December 2013. To find additional recruitment sites in New York state or throughout the country, visit www.cancer.org/cps3.