Baker School SRO and School Nurse Recognized For Saving Life

Gary Williams, Baker School Resource Officer, and Rita Pilgram, Baker School Nurse, were recognized at the July 23 Okaloosa County School Board meeting, for using an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) to save the life of Baker School Classroom Assistant, Gay Bolton, who had a heart attack at the school in March of this year.

“You cannot put a price on these devices when you look at saving a life,” said Superintendent Dr. Alexis Tibbetts. “While visiting Gay in the hospital, one of her doctor’s really reinforced to me that if an AED had not been used on her she would not have made it.”

Kyle Butts, Cardiac Science, presented a certificate to Officer Williams and Nurse Pilgram for using the AED and saving Bolton’s life. He recognized Dr. Tibbetts and the School Board for making the investment in March 2007 to put the AEDs into the Okaloosa County schools and thanked Bobbie Belcher, the District's Safety Foreman, and Steve Bolton, Maintenance Program Director, for maintaining the AEDs to ensure they work properly.

Sheriff Larry Ashley also commended Williams and Pilgram for learning how to use the AED and for not being afraid to use it.

“You have to know what you are doing and the fact that they keep up to date on that is commendable,” said Sheriff Ashley. “The fact that we have those in our schools is commendable.”

Pictured above left to right: Rita Pilgram, Baker School Nurse; Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, Superintendent of Schools; Gay Bolton; Gary Williams, Baker School SRO; Sheriff Larry Ashley, Kyle Butts, Cardiac Science; and Bobby Belcher, Safety Foreman.