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Letter to the Editor

Parents thankful for school, community rescuers

January 16, 2013 - Dear Editor,

It was the day you always fear, the day you get a call from your child's school saying, "there has been an accident and EMS is here with your Jacob. I don't have any other details."

We want to give a shout out regarding the outstanding support and care provided from those who responded to our son, Jacob, during and following his multiple seizures at Clarkston High School last month.

His first seizure was while swimming with his autism class. The lifeguards spotted him floating face down.

The lifeguards, faculty and staff present in the high school pool area immediately pulled him from the pool, provided CPR and contacted our local Independence Township EMS, which helped prevent a very tragic outcome for Jacob.

The trauma doctor at Royal Oak Beaumont told us a couple times that had it not been for their swift and excellent response, we could be looking at a very different outcome for Jacob.

We are thankful for the support from the Clarkston High School faculty, staff and students.

They went above and beyond including a visit to the Peds ICU from the special education director Kathy Christopher and Jacob's autism teacher, Elanor Hallman. We will forever be thankful for all you did on that December day for Jacob and our family!

Thanks to everyone for your prayers and support during this most difficult time. An event like this makes us even more thankful for the community we live in. We have received unending support from the school, our church, and many friends.

Jon and Becky Richey

Independence Township

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