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President John J. Hurley presented Jacob Casell a citation during yesterday’s Town Hall meeting for “promptly and unselfishly rendering aid and assistance to another human being that resulted in saving a life.”

Casell, garage mechanic in Facilities Management, was plowing the upper Koessler Lot last month when he saw a man pull an unresponsive man from a car.  The man was trying to perform CPR on the individual but Jake could see, even from a distance, that he wasn’t doing it correctly.  Casell rushed over and performed CPR.  He called Public Safety for assistance and continued chest compressions until help arrived.

Recalling the CPR instruction he received as an Eagle Scout, Casell’s fast thinking and training kept the individual alive until Public Safety and an ambulance arrived.

During the presentation, President Hurley commended Casell for his actions and said, “We are honored to have such a compassionate and quick thinking person as a member of the Canisius community.  This is another example of how our community animates the Jesuit mission of Canisius College.”

IMG_3128Jacob, pictured with President Hurley, his wife, Caitlin, daughter, Olivia and son, Landon

Casell received a standing ovation as he received the citation.

Submitted by College Communications