CLINTON — A school nurse used CPR and a defibrillator to revive a custodian after he suffered an apparent heart attack while clearing snow Wednesday in front of a Clinton elementary school.

A parent arriving at Eagle Heights Elementary School about 11:30 a.m. found lead custodian Pat Schwartz unresponsive on the sidewalk and notified the school staff, Superintendent Deb Olson said.

School nurse Emily Randolph said when she got to Schwartz, he was not breathing and did not have a pulse.

Randolph said she began CPR while other school personnel retrieved the defibrillator and called 911.

Lynn Wagoner, another nurse who happened to be at the school accompanying a special needs student, assisted in attending to Schwartz, Principal Roger Winterlin said.

Paramedics soon arrived to take over, and Schwartz was transported to the hospital where he had been stabilized by Wednesday afternoon, Olson said.

 “I can’t say enough about our young school nurse who did everything right,” Olson said.

Winterlin also praised Randolph’s calm reaction to the situation.

“She took control of the situation,” Winterlin said. “She knew exactly what to do.”

Randolph worked as a floor nurse at Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park, Davenport, before becoming a school nurse four years ago. She is following in the footsteps of her mother, Barbara Randolph, who works in the Northeast School District in Goose Lake and recently was named the Iowa School Nurse of the year, and her aunt, Julie Haferbier, the school nurse at Lyons Middle School in Clinton.

Randolph said although she has performed CPR before, she had never been the first person on the scene. She said the training she and other members of the school’s emergency response team put in paid off Wednesday.

“We train for these things hoping they will never happen,” she said. “We all worked very well together.”

The fact that a parent happened to find Schwartz and the quick response of the Clinton Fire Department also were important in saving the man’s life, Olson said.

“It was fortunate all the way around,” she said.


EARLIER REPORT: A school nurse used a defibrillator to revive a school employee after he suffered an apparent heart attack while clearing snow in front of a Clinton elementary school Wednesday morning.

A parent arriving at Eagle Heights Elementary School around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday found the employee unresponsive on the sidewalk, Superintendent Deb Olson said.

School nurse Emily Randolph used an automated external defibrillator, or AED, to revive the employee, Olson said. The man was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was stabilized, Olson said.

“I can’t say enough about our young school nurse who did everything right,” Olson said.

The name of the employee has not been released.

The fact that a parent happened to find the employee and the quick response of the Clinton Fire Department also were important in saving the man’s life, Olson said.

“It was fortunate all the way around,” she said.