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Macomb Community College nursing student receives recognition for assisting in resuscitating an accident victim

– Tuesday, August 4, 2015 12:00AM

Macomb Community College nursing student Renee Tringali was among five people the city of St. Clair Shores recognized Aug. 4 for their efforts in rescuing an unresponsive accident victim from a burning vehicle and resuscitating him. The city issued certificates of citizen recognition to Tringali, Willie Howard, Jaime Ibarra and Bonnie Platte, and an employee recognition to Jack Latour.

Ironically, Tringali, of Eastpointe, was on her way to meet with a Macomb classmate to celebrate the end of their cardiac care training when she came upon the accident scene. Although she believed the man was dead, she performed CPR and was relieved when he suddenly took a breath. Tringali assisted at the scene until an EMS unit arrived.

“He had no vital signs when the men had pulled him out of the burning van,” Tringali said. “I didn’t know until several days later that he had survived the accident and was released from the hospital.”

Tringali, who is on track to receive her associate degree in nursing in December, said the hands-on training she received at Macomb prepared her well for responding to an emergency situation.

“Macomb has really good simulation labs that teach you to be reactionary in critical situations,” Tringali said.

While appreciative of the official recognition, Tringali downplays the attention.

“I feel like what I did is something anyone would have done,” she said. “I did what I hope others would have done for me or my family.”

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