Purdue professor recognized with One Brick Higher Award

A professor at Purdue University is being recognized for helping a coworker during a heart attack.

Posted: Apr 11, 2018 6:53 PM
Updated: Apr 11, 2018 6:53 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-- A professor at Purdue University is being recognized for helping a coworker during a heart attack.

Engineering Professor Larry Nies received the One Brick Higher Award for his response to the situation. The One Brick Higher award is to honor Purdue students or faculty for going above and beyond their role requirements.

Nies immediately helped his coworker, Chad Jafvert, after he had a heart attack in January. Nies asked a nearby coworker to call 911 until EMTs arrived at the scene and Jafvert was taken to a nearby hospital.

Secretary Kimberly Peterson noticed Javfert profusely sweating and his pale skin tone.

"I knew it was more than just the flu or just not feeling well," Peterson said. "I knew it was more serious just because of the color of his skin,"

Nies said his quick thinking could have prevented something worse from happening.

People of our age, he and I are exactly the same age, I think we read about the symptoms of a heart attack like as if we were going to be having them." Nies explained. "We are always focused on if we will be having intense pain."

The award was presented by Purdue President Mitch Daniels. Nies said all of the recognition is something he's trying to get used to and will continue to take care of anyone who needs help.

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