Grade 11 class receives CPR/AED training through Robert Sibthorpe and Benjamin Silverman First Responders Fund
On Thursday, April 18, the entire Grade 11 class at St. George’s was instructed in a Level A CPR/AED course. For these students, the context for their training was beyond hypothetical: in October 2017, their classmate received life-saving CPR after collapsing on the field during a semi-final baseball game. Thanks to the emergency preparedness of both the coach and trained first responder Robert Sibthorpe, a parent of another player on the team, Ben Silverman was ultimately resuscitated and able to make a full recovery. The school recognized Sibthorpe for his heroic actions at the Tribute Dinner in November 2018, where he was celebrated as a “Community Champion”.
Silverman’s parents, Dr. Roberta Shear and Mr. Gary Silverman, established the Robert Sibthorpe and Benjamin Silverman First Responders Fund as a gesture of gratitude to Sibthorpe and to the school, with an aim to provide students with an opportunity to become certified in CPR. “By graduation, all St. George’s students will benefit from learning this invaluable, lifelong skill,” said Shear when announcing the fund in November. “St. George’s students can then hopefully one day pay it forward and save a life, as demonstrated by [Sibthorpe’s] incredible example.”
“We are so proud to equip our senior students, who are leaders in our school and in their own extended communities, with this vitally important knowledge,” said St. George’s High School Assistant Head Michael O’Connor.