Pharmacy Student Praised for Saving Young Boy's Life

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald recently praised a Cedarville University pharmacy student who helped save the life of 2-year-old boy back in January.

Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald recently praised a Cedarville University pharmacy student who helped save the life of 2-year-old boy back in January.

Joshua Arnold performed CPR on his neighbor’s young child, Joziah Pearson, who had gone into shock after his temperature reached a dangerously high level.

Dayton VA Medical Center Director Glenn Costie heard about Arnold’s live-saving efforts, and the pharmacy student was chosen as 1 of 4 employees at the center to meet McDonald, who was planning a visit to Dayton.

A Cedarville University press release dated April 1, 2015, said McDonald complimented Arnold’s quick response and level-headedness during the incident. McDonald also praised the VA’s work to not only make a difference in the lives of individuals, but also to save lives.

In addition to meeting McDonald, Arnold received an honorary coin for his service to the VA.

“I was very honored and excited to be chosen as 1 of the individuals from the entire Dayton VA to meet with the secretary of the VA,” Arnold said in the press release. “It was truly a memorable experience to shake his hand and hear what he had to say to the medical center as a whole. This was definitely a rare occasion, and I am very grateful to the director and the Dayton VA, as a whole, for this opportunity.”

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