Tatamagouche student recognized for life-saving heroism

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Langille honoured by school board, Canadian Red Cross

TATAMAGOUCHE - Proud, humbled and overwhelmed.

Trudy Thompson, left, chairwoman of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board and area board member Margie Nicholson present a certificate and gifts to North Colchester High School student Maggie Langille in recognition of her efforts in recently saving the life of a teacher.

That was the way North Colchester High School student Maggie Langille described her reaction to a ceremony held Friday in her honour over a recent life-saving act she performed on a teacher.

"It's really overwhelming. I never thought it could go this far," the Grade 11 student said, of the reaction to successfully administering the Heimlich maneuver to teacher Garett Nickelo, whom she saved from choking on a piece of food during a lunch break on Nov. 25.

"Like, it's an heroic act but I didn't think there would be a whole ceremony and, like, I would be on the news. It's just insane. I'm overwhelmed with joy," said Langille, who learned her life-saving skills during a babysitting course she took in Grade 6.

Before an audience of her peers, teachers, family members and well wishers, Langille was presented with a certificate and gifts from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board as well as a rescuer certificate from the Canadian Red Cross.

"Maggie you are a true hero," said school board chairwoman Trudy Thompson. "Your school board is proud of you, your school is proud of you, "she said before presenting the certificate and several gifts, including a new iPad.

Mona O'Brien, district community supervisor with the Canadian Red Cross in Truro, also presented Langille with a certificate, along with words of encouragement to others to use the student as an example in their own lives.

One of the criteria for a Canadian Red Cross heroism award, she said, is someone who is a non-professional rescuer who has volunteered to save a life.

"You Maggie are a hero," O'Brien said, to yet another round of loud applause from the audience.

"We thank you for taking the power of humanity in your hands and saving the life of your teacher. Your actions in this case demonstrated how Frist Aid and CPR training can give anyone the skills and just as importantly, the confidence to step in and act decisively in a situation where every second counts," she said.

"We hope your heroism encourages others to see the value in First Aid and CPR training, because as this case shows, you simply cannot predict when or where those easily acquired skills could save a life."

After the ceremony, which ended with a standing ovation, Langille's mother, Jocelyn, stood wiping tears of joy from her cheeks as she watched her daughter excitedly opening her gifts.

"I'm very proud of her and I knew she could do it all along," Symes Langille said. "She has a great memory."

Langille has also been nominated for a Life-Saving Award through St. John Ambulance.


Twitter: @tdnharry



Organizations: North Colchester High School, Central Regional School Board

Geographic location: Chignecto, Truro

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