Board recognizes two employees for life-saving actions

January 25, 2017

Bob Covey, CFISD Board of Trustees secretary, presents Cypress Woods High School Head Athletic Trainer Louie Villarreal with a certificate of recognition at the Jan. 23 Board meeting for helping save an employee’s life last month.
Bob Covey, CFISD Board of Trustees secretary, presents Cypress Woods High School Head Athletic Trainer Louie Villarreal with a certificate of recognition at the Jan. 23 Board meeting for helping save an employee’s life last month.

Jan. 25, 2017—Two CFISD employees were recognized for their life-saving actions over the holiday break during the Board of Trustees meeting on Jan. 23.

Melvin Doran, groundskeeper at Cypress Woods High School; and Louie Villarreal, athletic trainer at Cypress Woods; were recognized for using CPR to save head groundskeeper Jim Sikora’s life on Dec. 29.

Doran first spotted his co-worker at approximately 11:15 a.m. leaned back against the mower near the tractor shed, suffering from an apparent heart attack.

“He realized Jim was in trouble and immediately began helping him,” said Scott LeDoux, assistant director of maintenance.

Bob Covey, CFISD Board secretary, recognizes maintenance worker Melvin Doran at the Jan. 23 Board meeting for helping save a co-worker’s life in December.
Bob Covey, CFISD Board secretary, recognizes maintenance worker Melvin Doran at the Jan. 23 Board meeting for helping save a co-worker’s life in December.

Finding him unresponsive, Doran cleared Sikora’s airway and conducted CPR, calling for help to the Wildcats practicing on the nearby soccer field. The soccer coaches called Villarreal, activating Cypress Woods’ emergency action plan.

“I think it was a great team effort,” said Villarreal. “From Melvin’s quick actions, to the coaches knowing to activate the emergency action plan we have in place. One was calling the ambulance, one was doing crowd control, one was assisting me. It was just a great team effort from everybody.”

Villarreal arrived within minutes with an automated external defibrillator (AED) machine, delivering a shock while he and Doran continued two-person CPR until first responders arrived to take over.

“It was like everything slowed down for me and I let my training take control. I didn’t have time to freak out,” Villarreal said. “You don’t see the severity of the situation until afterward when you sit back and say, ‘Oh wow.’ At the time, I was just focused on making sure I was doing everything I needed to do.”

LeDoux recounted Doran and Villarreal’s actions to the Board of Trustees, who presented them with public recognition. The crowd in attendance gave them a standing ovation.

“Because of the quick, responsive efforts of these two men, Mr. Sikora is alive today,” LeDoux said. “Although he has a long road to recovery, Mr. Sikora has a second chance at life.”

Members of Sikora’s family were in attendance at the meeting, and expressed their appreciation to the two men.

“Being recognized was pretty cool, but Jim having a positive outcome is what is best out of the whole situation,” Villarreal said. “Being able to meet his family and hear them say ‘Thank you’ was the best part.”

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