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‘Local heroes’ honored for saving TISD teacher’s life


This group of Thorndale residents worked together to save the life of TISD teacher Randa Buchanan and were honored by the TISD school board. Pictured (L-R) Terek Thomas, Kim Knapek, Michael Moehling Jr., Buchanan, Lucille Labay, Cliff Menzel and Hank Laywell. This group of Thorndale residents worked together to save the life of TISD teacher Randa Buchanan and were honored by the TISD school board. Pictured (L-R) Terek Thomas, Kim Knapek, Michael Moehling Jr., Buchanan, Lucille Labay, Cliff Menzel and Hank Laywell. THORNDALE—The highlight of Thorndale ISD’s board meeting this month came early with an opportunity to welcome back Thorndale High School teacher Randa Buchanan and recognize local heroes, Supt. Craig Spinn said.

Buchanan recently suffered a health crisis while teaching in her classroom and needed to leave the room to take care of herself. Concerned about Buchanan, THS sophomore Terek Thomas followed Buchanan from her classroom to check on her. He found her having continued concerns in the teachers’ lounge. He notified high school Principal Hank Laywell.

Laywell asked school staff to call 911 and contact the school nurse Lucille Labay. Labay arrived on the scene in time to assist Buchanan and open her airway which had collapsed. A timely response from Thorndale EMS’s Kim Knapek and Kirk Becker along with assistance from Thorndale Police Officer Michael Moehling and TISD Maintenance Director Cliff Menzel allowed Buchanan to get the emergency care she needed.

“The combined efforts of everyone involved probably saved Mrs. Buchanan’s life,” Spinn said.

TISD trustee Kevin Keisling came up with the idea of recognizing these “local heroes.” While presenting certificates of appreciation to those who rendered aide Board President David Hall commented, “Thorndale cares!”

This is another example of how we take care of people in Thorndale, Spinn added.

“ We are glad see that Mrs. Buchanan is okay and back in the classroom. Thanks to our local heroes for helping out during this time of need.”


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