Safe Sitter® Heroes
Safe Sitter® and Scout Saves Friend
Taking a Safe Sitter® class along with four Cadettes in her
troop helped Lindsay live the Girl Scout motto of "be
Safe Sitter® graduates learn how
important it is to "Always stay safe. Always stay calm. Always
provide comfort." And, because of that, Lindsay, 12, was prepared
to save a friend from choking.
Lindsay and Alison, also 12, were
enjoying a snack of pineapple chunks during French class that their
teacher had given them, when Alison, laughing at a classmate's
joke, started coughing. When Alison's face turned red, her coughing
slowed down and eventually stopped, Lindsay was sure her friend was
"She stood up and I knew she was
choking," said Lindsay, who took Safe Sitter® at her local hospital
in Maryland where her mother and Girl Scout leader is a nurse and
co-worker of Kendra, a Safe Sitter® Instructor. When Lindsay asked
Alison if she was choking, she received an affirmative nod in
Lindsay, remembering what she'd been
taught, summoned her courage and stayed calm.
"I said to myself, 'I know how to do
this. I just have to do it,'" said Lindsay, describing how the
abdominal thrusts she performed caused the pineapple to dislodge
from Alison's airway.
Both girls were grateful. Alison cried
and gave her friend a hug. Lindsay felt pride and relief because
she had known what to do and did it.
"And I didn't panic-I stayed calm! Alison thanked me over and
over. I felt really good," Lindsay said.