Two Glenbard East High School students and a physical education/health department teacher were commended this week for their quick thinking and response that saved the life of an East staff member.
“They literally saved the life of a staff member,” Superintendent Mike Meissen said at Monday night’s meeting of the Glenbard Township High School District 87 Board of Education.
Glenbard East junior Catherine Priebe and senior D.J. Nack were the only people around when bookstore manager Mike Brzezinski collapsed Sept. 1. Priebe found health teacher Dan Hogan in the hallway and asked for help, while Nack called 911 for emergency assistance. Upon reaching Brzezinski, Hogan immediately started CPR to resuscitate him. Hogan said Brzezinski was unresponsive with no pulse when he reached him.
“(Brzezinski) would not be here today had it not been for the actions of the students and the teacher,” said Glenbard East Principal Josh Chambers, who also planned a school assembly to honor the three heroes.
Brzezinski underwent surgery to replace a valve in his heart and has since been recovering at home.
Hogan said he was proud of the students and the health department at East, which is the only of four Glenbard schools to certify its students in CPR as freshmen.