When KDL’s 300 or so staffers received hours of CPR and first-aid training in December, its value was well understood without ever having to use those newly acquired skills. Before the year was over, however, collection development librarian Tammy Schneider used what she learned to save her young son from choking during a family meal.
Then just last Wednesday, Jocelyn Yost, an adult librarian at the Grandville Branch, was shelving videos near the children’s area and noticed a mother on the floor with her toddler son, who was choking on a piece of candy. The mother called for help, and Jocelyn used her recent training to dislodge the candy from the boy’s throat and clear his airway.
“It all happened very quick,” Jocelyn recalled. “I have to say, I really felt comfortable just jumping in. The main thing they teach you in that training is ‘You can do it,’ that doing something is better than doing nothing.”
Let’s hope we never have to use these new skills again. But know that if we are called on to do so in the future, KDL staff are ready.