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Quick thinking at Puyallup High saves a student’s life

Physical education teacher Lisa Muiznieks, left, and Puyallup High School student Logan Tarrant, right, saved the life of a drowning student in early May. Tarrant, Muiznieks, Jennifer Nicholson and Marc Wiese will be recognized at the Puyallup School Board meeting June 6.
Physical education teacher Lisa Muiznieks, left, and Puyallup High School student Logan Tarrant, right, saved the life of a drowning student in early May. Tarrant, Muiznieks, Jennifer Nicholson and Marc Wiese will be recognized at the Puyallup School Board meeting June 6. jbessex@gateline.com

May 3 was a seemingly normal day for Puyallup High School student Logan Tarrant, physical education teacher Lisa Muiznieks, pool manager Jennifer Nicholson and special education teacher Marc Wiese.

But as Tarrant was finishing teaching a class with the rest of the first-period swimming class, a nearby special needs student slipped under the water while experiencing a cardiac emergency.

“Logan pulled him out of the water, and I couldn’t find his pulse, so I started CPR,” Muiznieks said. “Mr. Wiese called 911, and before I could get through one set of compressions, they were here.”

The student kept going in and out of consciousness, so Muiznieks rode with him to the hospital until his parents arrived.

Tarrant is in Muiznieks’ swim class, works at the Puyallup High School pool after school, and is an American Red Cross-certified lifeguard and an Eagle Scout.

“Logan just has that demeanor (which causes him) not to panic,” Muiznieks said.

Much like Tarrant’s demeanor, Muiznieks stayed calm as well. She’s worked at Puyallup High since 1984, and has been a lifeguard since she was 14.

“I’ve only had to do CPR twice,” she said. “This was my first time, and hopefully my last time needing to do CPR on a student.”

While Tarrant and Muiznieks both agree they were just following protocol of what to do in an emergency, they say they couldn’t have had a better outcome.

“Everybody did what they were supposed to do,” Muiznieks said. “We always err on the side of caution and do what you have to do.”

Tarrant says he was just doing what he needed to do.

“I was doing what I needed to do to get the task done,” the 17-year-old said. “It was a pretty textbook rescue. Don’t panic, stay calm, and make your moves deliberately.”

Since the rescue on May 3, life has gone back to normal for all involved in the rescue. The student who experienced the medical emergency returned to class the same week as the rescue.

Tarrant, Muiznieks, Nicholson and Wiese will be recognized for their lifesaving efforts at the Puyallup School Board meeting 6 p.m. June 6 at Stahl Junior High School.

Heather DeRosa: 253-256-7043, @herald_hderosa

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