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A Union County Sheriff’s Office Student Resource Officer and school staff at Piedmont High School were credited with saving a student’s life last week.

MONROE — The Union County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) reported one of its School Resource Officers (SRO) was on campus at Piedmont High School early last week and observed 17-year-old Matthew Carter collapse during a cardiovascular-related medical emergency. UCSO said Deputy C. Baucom (SRO) immediately used her training to evaluate Matthew’s condition along with Union County Public Schools (UCPS) nurse Tracy Hamilton.

The Sheriff’s Office said Baucom and Hamilton found Matthew had no pulse and was not breathing, so they began CPR and applied an automated external defibrillator (AED) to his body. Approximately three rounds of chest compressions were administered along with rescue breathing.

During CPR, UCSO said Baucom and Hamilton were joined by Piedmont High Fire Academy Instructor Chad Baucom and Coach Jeff Jenkins, who also assisted with chest compressions. UCSO reported during the rescue the AED advised two separate events of defibrillation were needed. Once the AED was utilized, they were able to determine that the student’s pulse had returned and that he was breathing on his own again.

Union EMS arrived and transported Matthew to a local hospital for further treatment.

On Thursday (Dec. 16), Matthew and his family returned to the high school to thank those who helped save his life. Matthew’s parents stated in the release: “Matthew was at the right place for this to happen and was surrounded by a team of people who saved his life. We thank God that Piedmont High School staff and the SRO were here because without them our son would not be alive.”

Matthew’s parents report he’s “recovering well and grows stronger every day.”

Sheriff Eddie Cathey stated: “Deputy Baucom and the UCPS team at the school provided emergency medical care to this student in a professional and timely manner. There is no doubt in my mind that without this team effort, Matthew would not be with us today. I am thankful for the continued support of our School Resource Officer program and the continued partnership with UCPS.”

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