Perez attended training for the Heimlich maneuver and CPR in January with the encouragement of special education teacher Andrea Wooldridge.

“Our teachers and staff members at all of our schools have the tremendous responsibility of not only preparing students to be successful when they graduate from our schools, but also for their safety,” said NLMUSD Interim Superintendent Ginger Shattuck. “I want to personally thank Mr. Perez for taking the initiative to obtain this critical safety training that no doubt made an impact on this child’s life.”

Perez and his colleagues will be recognized by the Board of Education during Monday’s board meeting. In addition, the staff members will be presented with $50 gift cards courtesy of Clearman’s Northwoods Inn in La Mirada.

“I commend our staff for recognizing that there was a problem and quickly responding to a student in distress,” said NLMUSD Board of Education President Margarita Rios. “I feel honored to be able to highlight these staff members, who truly represent what it means to be part of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District family.”

The Board of Education formally recognized the staff members during its meeting last evening.