Quick Thinking Saves Choking Student

A young student is eating his peanut butter sandwich during lunch. Suddenly, he starts to choke. In a very smart move, he hurries to a noon duty aide with his hand at his throat. It’s a frightening situation, and it happened at Dingeman Elementary School just before winter break.

Luckily, the staff member the boy goes to is Reggie White, who takes immediate action. He first taps the boy on the back to see if that will dislodge the food. It doesn’t. So Reggie performs the Heimlich maneuver, and the food pops out of the child’s mouth. That young boy is fine, and the Dingeman family and Scripps Ranch community have a hero in their midst.

It was just happenstance that about a week prior to the incident, the Dingeman staff was given a CPR training course. It was paid for by the Family Faculty Connection (FFC), which is the school’s foundation. Reggie took part in that training.

Reggie is not only a staff member at Dingeman, he is a parent and a very involved volunteer. In addition, he served 24 years in the Navy, retiring in 2009. Reggie said that while he had CPR training in the military, the class given to the Dingeman staff was a good refresher course. He also said that an important lesson he learned in the Navy was not to panic during serious situations.

Reggie, his wife, Kindra, and their five children live in Chula Vista. Since 2009 they have choiced their children into Scripps Ranch schools. Reggie says they did their research and looked for the best schools for their kids. The family has a son in college, two students at Scripps Ranch High School, and two at Dingeman. Reggie drives the kids to school, spends his day in the area, usually volunteering, and takes them home when their after-school sports and activities are complete.

Reggie also stays busy. He was voted in as a parent representative on the Dingeman School Site Council and was recently elected vice chair. He is the school’s representative on the District Advisory Council, as well as the Art Corps supply coordinator. He is also the website coordinator for the SRHS girls JV basketball team.

Reggie is very humble about being called a hero. Regardless, the fact remains that he saved a choking young boy.

Small Acts Help Fight Crime

I’d like to tell you about something that happened recently that demonstrates what it is to be a good neighbor. We received an email from Steven C. letting us know that his neighbor’s garage door was open. He rang the doorbell, but there was no answer. He then contacted us to see if we had a cell phone number for the neighbor, and, if so, could we let him know. We did have that number and were able to contact the neighbor because he had registered with SRCANW.

This is what Neighborhood Watch (NW) is all about—looking out for each other. It’s even better when you have an organized NW group on your block because you know your neighbors and have a roster with contact information.

NW has become one of the most effective means of fighting crime in our community. It’s because you and your neighbors are the ones who really know what is going on in your area and will be the first to see a crime and call for help.

For more about NW, email [email protected] or visit the SRCANW webpage at www.scrippsranch.org/watch.

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Relay For Life in Full Swing

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. What better way to recognize the month than by signing up for the Relay For Life of Scripps Ranch. This year’s event is on Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28, and the planning has begun!

The Relay For Life of Scripps Ranch is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate cancer survivorship, remember loved ones who have been lost, and raise money to fight cancer. It will be at the Scripps Ranch Community Park and all community members are invited to take part. If you would like more information, please contact event lead, Bill Feather, at [email protected] Monthly planning meetings are on Saturday, Feb. 28, and Mar. 21, from 9 to 10 am at the SRCA Community Center. Join us!