Outstanding Citizens: Two Molly Stark students stopped and helped a woman in danger

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BENNINGTON —; Two Molly Stark Elementary School students were honored this week by the Bennington Rescue Squad for actions that helped save the life of a local woman.

On the evening of Dec. 8, 2015, at about 5:30 p.m., Isaiah Hart, fifth grade, and Anyiha Andrews, second grade, were in their mother's car, when Hart said he heard a woman screaming and told his mom to stop the car. They discovered Jane Longton lying on the ground, bleeding heavily from her legs. Longton's car was nearby, against a wooden fence.

According to the Bennington Rescue Squad, Longton had stopped to get her mail, but forgot to put the vehicle into park. The car began to roll, and she was knocked off balance after getting hit with her open door. She fell underneath the vehicle, which ran over her legs.

Hart located Longton's phone and called her daughter and 911. He then, at Longton's urging, went to the car and found her purse, and removed the keys from the ignition. While this was happening, Andrews got pull-up diapers from their car, and used them to wrap Longton's wounds. "She was hurt, and we didn't have any Band Aids in the car," said Andrews. She also spoke to Lawton, making sure she stayed conscious. "I kept her awake so that she wouldn't die in her sleep," said Andrews.

Hart said the bone in Longton's leg was visible. The two children both waited with Longton, talking with her, until EMTs from the rescue squad arrived.

"Jane Longton is alive today in part because two very brave children recognized an emergency situation, stepped in and provided lifesaving care in the minutes until ambulance arrived on scene," said Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Elaina Noblet of the Bennington Rescue Squad, "The patient was outside in the cold for almost a half hour before Isiah and Anyiha hear her screaming. Instead of looking the other way or being scared to help, these two children saved a life."

On Monday, the two students were honored for their heroism in a ceremony in front of the school. Noblet and EMT Paula Coyle, who was one of those who responded to the call, presented them with Outstanding Citizen Awards. "It felt cool," said Hart, on being honored in front of his classmates.

Longton was not feeling well and was unable to make the ceremony, but Hart and Andrews said they hope to visit her when she's better.

Molly Stark Principal Dr. Michael Mugits was proud of the students, and said the two of them were heroes, just like the fictional ones they might be dressing up as this Halloween (Andrews said she was thinking of going as Batman). Mugits also said the students had a rare opportunity to realize their inner strength. "You kept calm and showed that you could handle a very stressful situation," he told them, "A lot of people never have that opportunity."

Contact Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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