Students and staff greet a teacher after a heart attack at school

The Charles County teacher’s life lesson of not giving up may have saved his life. Frank Holiday’s students were inspired by his welding class at North Point High School in Waldorf. said Cayden Chavers, student. But while playing a 3-on-3 basketball game on Sept. 30, using a hoop made by the students, something went wrong. “He started leaning backwards and fell,” said Dylan Farmer, the student. “Charlie Burch, who teaches the construction next door, was the first to respond.” Suddenly, I heard screaming and screaming in the hall. A couple (students) ran into my room and said, “Something happened, he just passed away.” Amy Robinson, the school’s aquatics director and CPR instructor, replies. “I started applying the[automated external defibrillator]pads,” Robinson said. CPR trainees know it’s not a good situation.” To be honest, Frank wasn’t good. She didn’t. “There were no signs of him,” Robinson said. Charles Tiffany Smith County, School Resource Officer: It’s been, I think, about 21 minutes of continuous CPR between everyone. To the quick-thinking students and the perpetual teachers, he’s just fine.” They didn’t give up, and I’m here today,” Holliday said. On Tuesday night, Charles County Public Schools honored everyone who helped save Holliday, who said how he survived is the greatest lesson he could ever teach him. “If it gets tough, don’t give up. I think that’s the lesson,” Holiday said. “I really think it’s a godsend to be here – 10 0%.”

The Charles County teacher’s never-give-up life lesson may have saved his life.

Frank Holiday’s students are inspired by his welding class at North Point High School in Waldorf.

“He doesn’t clutter things up. He tells us the truth about life,” said Kayden Chavers, student.

But while playing a 3 on 3 basketball game on September 30th, using a hoop made by the students, something went wrong.

“He got his last shot. When we checked him, he started leaning backwards and fell,” said Dylan Farmer, a student.

Charlie Burch, who teaches construction nearby, was the first to respond.

“Suddenly, I heard screaming and screaming in the hall. Two (students) ran into my room and said, ‘Something happened, he passed out,'” Burch said.

Amy Robinson, the school’s aquatics director and CPR instructor, responded.

“I started applying (automated external defibrillator) pads,” Robinson said.

Instructors trained in CPR knew it wasn’t a good situation.

“Honestly, Frank didn’t look good. He definitely wasn’t. There were no signs of him,” said Robinson.

The Charles County Sheriff said, “In my training and experience, he was dead at the scene. I think it was about 21 minutes of continuous CPR between everyone.” Tiffany Smith, School Resource Officer.

Fiesta suffered a heart attack known as the Widow Maker, which is almost impossible to survive. But thanks to quick-thinking students and persistent teachers, he’s doing just fine.

“It’s amazing to think of how many people haven’t given up, and here I am today,” said Holiday.

On Tuesday night, Charles County Public Schools honored everyone who helped save Holiday, who said how he survived was the greatest lesson he could ever teach.

“If it gets hard, don’t give up. I think that’s the lesson,” said Holiday. “I really think it’s a godsend to be here – 100%.”

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