Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington would like to pay special recognition to a deputy
whose fast action saved the life of a Bossier Parish School employee.
Deputy Matt Reger, School Resource Officer assigned to Airline High School, provided
life-saving aid to Sheila Rivers, the school’s bookkeeper.
On April 4, around noon, Mrs. Rivers walked into the kitchen area of the administrative
hallway. There she began choking and signaling for help. Deputy Reger noticed her distress and
immediately went to action. He then proceeded to administer the Heimlich maneuver. And after
several attempts, the object blocking Mrs. Rivers’ airway was dislodged.
“I am grateful that he saw me and helped me get that piece of cauliflower out,” said
Rivers. “This is a part of our training,” Reger said. I am glad that I was there and able to help.”
“We never know when we will need to use our training for an incident like this,” said
Sheriff Whittington. “But that is why we train, and we will continue to train in lifesaving
techniques like CPR, and giving someone the Heimlich Maneuver because it saves lives.”
Airline High School Principal Justin James writes, “At a time when our law enforcement
officers seem to be under so much unnecessary criticism, I wanted to make you aware of what a
tremendous job your deputies do and thank you for their service to our schools and community.”