Special-needs bus attendant Diana Goldwire acted on instinct and used her emergency response training last January when she assisted a man who was having seizures on a sidewalk.
Instinct prompts help for seizure victim
School District of Osceola County
Karen Strickland, director of transportation for the School District of Osceola County, says the employees at her operation are caring, compassionate and nurturing. Special-needs bus attendant Diana Goldwire personified these traits last January while she and school bus driver Debbie Sellers were on an afternoon route.
“Diana saw a man fall on the sidewalk and go into seizure, so she grabbed her gloves, got off the bus and went to assist him as he went into another seizure,” Strickland says.
Goldwire says she made sure the gentleman was on his side and she checked his airway to make sure it was clear.
“I spoke to him because I wanted to see if he was responsive,” she added. “When he came back from his seizure, I was speaking to him in English and he couldn’t understand what I was saying, so I started speaking to him in Spanish and that’s when he responded.”
Goldwire assured the man that he would be OK and stayed with him until EMS arrived. (Sellers called for EMS.)
Goldwire says that the emergency response classes she has taken through the school district’s transportation department and through the agency that she works at for her second job helped her feel confident that she could assist the gentleman, but it was instinct that prompted her to come to his aid.
“My youngest daughter had some issues with seizures around eight years ago, so when I saw him, what happened with my daughter came back to me and I just reacted — I knew that he needed help,” Goldwire says, adding that the man appeared to be homeless.
“That really got to me,” she says.
Fortunately, Goldwire learned that the man ended up being fine.
Given the nature of the employees at the School District of Osceola County’s transportation department, Goldwire’s actions that January afternoon weren’t surprising to Strickland — she says they are characteristic of the type of the person she is.
“Like Diana said so eloquently, it was just a reaction,” Strickland says. “She jumped off the bus and did what was in her heart — I think that says a lot for her.”
— KELLY ROHER