College to honor ‘Harrison Hero’

A local college is honoring a Trafalgar woman who saved the life of an unresponsive infant.

Peggy Carney will be honored as a “Harrison Hero” at 5:30 p.m. today at the Harrison College Columbus campus. The ceremony will take place before the start of a free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training session at the college.

After 11-month-old Lauren Davis stopped breathing while in Carney’s care, the Trafalgar woman began performing CPR, which helped the infant regain consciousness.

Lauren was taken to Riley Hospital for Children and is now healthy.

“If she wouldn’t have been there, I know the outcome would have been different,” said Kim Davis, Lauren’s mother.

Carney’s honor from Harrison is part of the college’s partnerships with local American Red Cross chapters, hospitals and other health organizations to promote the importance of CPR training.

An estimated 20,000 people could be saved each year if CPR is performed early enough in a cardiac emergency, according to the American Red Cross.

The organizations are offering free CPR training sessions throughout Indiana and Ohio through September. Participants will be CPR certified for two years.

As an extra incentive to attend the sessions, participants will become eligible to be randomly selected to win $2,500 to put toward a Harrison College education.

About the training sessions

What: Harrison College CPR training sessions

Where: Harrison College, 222 Poshard Drive

When:

  • Today from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (presentation to Peggy Carney at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Sept. 2, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon

Cost: Free

To register: Harrison.edu/HealthMonth

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at ocovington@therepublic.com or 812-379-5712.