Spotlight: A CPR Hero

GSU legal adviser springs into action and saves a life

CPR_HeroWhen Jeannie Barrett took a CPR course through GSU’s Office of Emergency Management, she had no idea she would actually use her new skills just a few months later.

The associate legal adviser at GSU was at a lecture on how to care for antique furniture at The Shops of Miami Circle when she heard the rumbling of people behind her saying, “I think he needs help.”

Moments later Barrett was performing CPR on an older gentleman who had dropped his clipboard, stopped breathing and begun to lose color in his face.

“I was the only person there who knew CPR, but everybody did something they could do,” Barrett said. “I grabbed my wallet and got my review card that they gave me when I was done with my class and handed it to somebody and said, ‘Read this to me.’ I checked to see if he was breathing and he wasn’t, and I started CPR.”

Barrett is not sure how long she performed CPR before the paramedics took over, but she was grateful to learn the man had survived when his cardiologist called to find out specific details about what had happened.

Barrett has also served on the GSU Pandemic Planning Committee and the Crisis Committee for the Study Abroad Programs Office.