Kennewick teacher to receive “Lifesaving Award” after heroic actions saved student last April

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Kennewick middle school teacher who made headlines last April for performing life-saving measures on a student who collapsed during his class is now being honored yet again.

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Dwane Sitler, a physical education teacher and athletics director at Park Middle School, will receive Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s “Lifesaving Award” during a ceremony on Sept. 28 in Tacoma.

“The award is given annually to workers in the state who have gone above and beyond in saving a life while at work,” a Kennewick School District news release said.

Sitler said he was “excited” when he heard the news.

“It’s always neat to be recognized by your peers. It gives you some self gratification and they razz you a little about it, you know, saving lives down here and changing lives being a middle school teacher,” Sitler said. “You just do what you do and if this comes about it, that’s great. That’s just one of the little perks that comes with being a teacher and being at the right place at the right time.”

Sitler said he is encouraging all teachers to take safety training courses as you never know when they might come in handy.