Last Thursday the assistant principal of Ferndale Middle School, Bob Francis, was forced to call 911 when he learned that one of his students had encountered a dangerous situation while walking to school. The young female student, whose name has not been released, was walking to school when she suddenly had difficulty breathing. In distress, she called her father, who was too far away to help at the time and instead, at 6:55 am, called Francis to explain what was happening.
Luckily, Francis immediately recognized the severity of the situation and directed his secretary, Leah Closson, to leave immediately, find the student and assist her. Francis also called 911. Closson was able to find the student and help her back to the school, where she was met by paramedics and taken to a nearby hospital. The student has since recovered fully – thanks in large part to the quick thinking of Francis and Closson.