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Palisades Athletic Trainer Kati Holmes honored for lifesaving efforts

June 12, 2018
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Bucks County, Pa. – June 12, 2018 – Coordinated Health Athletic Trainer Kati Holmes was recognized by Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick this week for her heroism in a 2017 incident that resulted in the rescue of a Palisades High School bus driver. Her efforts were also recognized by the American Heart Association and featured in local media

CH Athletic Trainer Kati Holmes with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick

On the afternoon of January 27, 2017, bus driver Janet Lapsely collapsed behind the wheel of her bus outside of Palisades High School, having suffered a heart attack. She was unconscious with no pulse when fellow drivers broke in through the emergency door and removed her to begin CPR. Kati and the school nurse joined the responders and the nurse took over for CPR. As responders administered shocks with the defibrillator, Kati assisted using the breathing apparatus. When help arrived, the woman was transported to Doylestown Hospital where she received the remaining necessary care in order to make a full recovery. 

CH Athletic Trainer Kati Holmes, second from left, with the team that helped rescue Ms. Lapsley, center.

On Thursday, May 31, Kati was honored with her fellow first responders at a Bucks County Heroes Breakfast at Parx Casino East in Bensalem, PA by the American Red Cross Lehigh Valley- Bucks. There, she was recognized as a Good Samaritan for Heroism, Courage, and Compassion, receiving a plaque and certificates from Governor Tom Wolf and from a Pennsylvania senator to memorialize the occasion. All who were present and participating in this life-saving incident were named 2018 American Red Cross Lehigh Valley-Bucks Chapter First Responder Heroes.

“I’m humbled and honored to be recognized by the America Red Cross and Congressman Fitzpatrick as a hero,” said Kati. “As a group we were lucky to be in the right place at the right time to save one of our own.”

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