Sean Green is required to be CPR-certified because he is a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Westfield Middle School. The skill was invaluable when he used CPR to save a man’s life earlier this month.
Green, a Fishers resident, works a summer job at Sahm Golf Course in northern Indianapolis. He was playing golf at the course earlier this month when he heard someone shout for help.
“I looked over near the clubhouse and there was a younger gentleman around 40 looking around for help and there was a man lying on the ground next to him, and it looked like he had fallen backwards and wasn’t moving or anything,” Green said.
Green ran over and, finding that the man didn’t have a pulse and wasn’t breathing, began performing CPR.
“I’m CPR-certified for being a teacher, and I knew kind of what to do,” Green said. “I had never done it before and hopefully never have to do it again.”
Green said he performed CPR for several minutes until EMTs arrived. Green then returned to the golf course.
“After a few holes, (the man’s) son-in-law came back to the golf course to let us know his father-in-law was OK,” Green said. “He had a heart attack but he was sitting up in bed after about 20 minutes of being at the hospital, so that was good news.”
Green knows of other teachers who have saved lives outside of school by performing CPR.
“Get CPR-certified if you’re ever in a situation where that is to happen,” Green said. “It is very helpful, not just for close friends and family, but with random strangers.”