Thank you, Sarah Saunders for saving a child’s life!


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Camp Fire Central Oregon would like to recognize Sarah Saunders for successfully administering abdominal thrusts in order to save a child from choking at Juniper Elementary School. Sarah is a Camp Fire Club Leader at Juniper. We are incredibly proud of her efforts, and applaud her for thinking clearly and acting decisively in a time of crisis.

Of course, this scenario is not uncommon. “On average, a child will die every 5 days in the United States from choking on food.” (1) While this is truly a frightening statistic for any parent, there are steps and preventative measures that can be taken to decrease the risk of a choking injury death.

Choking deaths are very preventable, yet many caregivers simply do not know the proper steps to take in order to ensure a child’s safety. It is important to communicate with anyone who is in direct contact with your child in a caregiver role. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and especially siblings who are caring for one another should all be aware of how to prevent choking related injury deaths.

Camp Fire’s Babysitter Training Course is an important tool to help get young people ready for the responsibility of caring for younger children. Even a seasoned babysitter can have misinformation and gaps of knowledge, so we recommend that all young people, even those who have been caring for younger siblings for years now, consider joining us for this course. It is essential for young babysitters to learning about choking preventative measures, basic first aid, and how to react calmly and decisively in a time of crisis – just as Sarah Saunders did.

If you are a parent of a young child, ask your babysitter if they have undergone any training. At the end of our Babysitter Training Course, each young person will receive a certificate of completion. If you already have a babysitter that you and your children adore, yet discover that they have not gone through any training, you may consider offering to sign them up for this course.

Learn more about our Babysitter Training Course now!

 

 

Sources:

1. Science Daily. Choking is a leading cause of injury and death among children. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100226212559.htm

 


About Mandy Butera

Mandy is a highly motivated individual who loves making a difference in the lives of others. She has a strong desire to participate in the community she lives in and help enrich the lives of children world wide. Mandy has a passion and belief that today’s youth are the future leaders of tomorrow. She has spent time in Africa helping children with cancer through the creation of nutritional programs and fundraising for hospital support. Mandy spent the past 20 years as a successful cosmetic executive with a record of driving sales in a multi-unit region through developing direct reports for future leadership, successful event planning and execution, problem solving and building strong relationships with sales partners. Mandy also holds a Health Coaching Certification and is a Registered Yoga Teacher. With her love of the outdoor life and all that the Bend area has to offer, you can often find her, her husband and Booker their English Bulldog running on the trails and floating on the river. Mandy will work closely with the organization's marketing team in the implementation of Camp Fire's marketing strategy, social media community building, outreach efforts, community partner relations and customer service