Lake Forest graduate honored for saving life during school

HARRINGTON – Lake Forest High School graduates can boast over $6M collectively earned in scholarships this year. More than 65 of the seniors even participated in AP courses, resulting in over 150 AP tests taken. But when it comes to saving lives, recent graduate Cody Outten took home the honors.

The Harrington Fire Department honored Cody last night during its regular meeting for his actions during school which helped save the life of a fellow student.

Cody, a fourth generation firefight with the Harrington Fire Department, is not new to emergency situations. So when something happened at school, he jumped into action. According to the fire department, Cody witnessed another student suffering a medical emergency in school May 19. After assessing the student’s condition, Cody realized the student was not breathing and was in cardiac arrest after suffering from a medical problem.

He used his CPR training and ordered a bystander to get an AED, or automated external defibrillator. The AED was brought to Cody as he continued CPR. Cody, along with other staff members, then applied the AED and shocked the student one time. The student regained a pulse and was transported to a local medical facility for treatment. The student was listed in stable condition and the fire department hopes the student will be released in the near future.

“The Harrington Fire Co. in proud and honored to have members like Cody who are willing to help anyone in their time of need,” the department released in a statement.


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