Ian Annase, Martin County Hight School student, uses CPR on teacher

Knew CPR from lifeguard training

Quick thinking by a Martin County high school student may have given a long time instructor another shot at life.

 

Ian Annase knows a thing about beats and not just because he has his own DJ business.

 

The soft spoken high school junior was on his way to an AP Statistics test Friday at Martin County High School when he heard a janitor calling for help for someone in a golf cart.

 

"So I ran over there, and I told the janitor I know how to do CPR and I began doing compressions on the ROTC teacher," said Annase.

 

A few minutes later, the principal and vice principal brought an AED machine, and Annase gave way as the paramedics arrived.

 

"I wasn't panicked when I got there. I knew what I was doing. Didn't feel any fear," said Annase.

 

It turns out the instructor, Walter Jschombach, whom the students know as "Sarge", was also Ian's track coach for a short time this spring.

 

"He definitely gets the most out of his athletes. He pushes you pretty hard," said Annase who threw the discus and shot put.

 

Annase got the rhythm of cardiopulmonary resuscitation not from his electronic turntables but from a CPR class he took with the Red Cross as part of his lifeguard training.  Annase will be a lifeguard again this summer at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.

 

"I never thought I would actually have to use it.  I couldn't believe it was me who was right there," said Annase.

 

The teacher is a 20 year-veteran of the Martin County School District.  He is still in the hospital.

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