Dedham Resident to be Recognized for Saving Colleague's Life

Robert James is being honored with the Heartsaver Hero Award for saving the life of a colleague in Dedham in September.

A Dedham resident and student of Blue Hills Regional Vocational Technical School in Canton will be honored by the American Heart Association this morning for saving the life of his colleague in September.  

Robert James will receive the Heartsaver Hero award for saving Georna Phenor's life through CPR, which he had been taught at the Blue Hills school. The Heartsaver Hero award is presented to individuals who demonstrate tremendous courage by performing CPR. 

James had been working at his part-time job at Transitions of Dedham when he saw Phenor slumped over on the floor; her breathing and pulse slowed during the incident, according to the AHA. James subsequently performed chest compressions until paramedics arrived. 

The recognition will take place in Room 223A, the Health Assisting Classroom, at Blue Hills Regional today, Nov. 27, at 11 a.m., and will welcome the appearance of the following: 

  • Robert James, Dedham resident and junior at Blue Hills Regional Technical School
  • Senator Michael Rush (D-West Roxbury) represents Robert James
  • Representative William Galvin (D-Canton) represents the school
  • Representative Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham) represents the student
  • James Quaglia, Superintendent, Blue Hills Regional Technical School
  • Joseph Pascarella, Chairman of School Committee
  • The Health Occupations Department and 11th grade students at Blue Hills
  • Judy Bass, Public Relations, Blue Hills Regional Technical School
  • Tom Cavanaugh, Dean of Students, Blue Hills Regional Technical School
  • Michael Barrett, Principal, Blue Hills Regional Technical School
  • Allyson Perron, Sr. Government Relations Director, American Heart Association


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