She gave him life, he returned the favor. Jacquelyn Pollard is living la vida lucky thanks to son Troy’s quick thinking and quick acting. The drama began when Jacquelyn was felled by a heart attack. Superson Troy jumped to the rescue, performing CPR until the EMTs arrived and saved the day. Techs Will Medina and Samantha Abelson, and paramedics Khalid Islam and Marcus Augustus continued with CPR and additional medical support and transported our pal to the hospital. Jacquelyn blames the heart-stopping moment on stress and anxiety and says she is now an ardent supporter of the CPR classes given by her employer.
“You can never tell when it may be your turn to step in and save another person’s life,” she said.
Standing O is happy that Troy passed his CPR test with flying colors, and so is Jacquelyn.
Pomp and circumstance
Congrats to Derick Lamar Echols, who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Kinesiology and Leisure studies. What is that? Well, Standing O had to look it up, too, and learned that it is the study of body movement and sport activities. Anyway, Derick moved over his tassel on May 11, stepping off the stage at Oklahoma Baptist University. Hopefully Derick will come back home and practice the healing arts here.
I’m ready for my close-up
Our hometown is the focus of a documentary aptly named “My Brooklyn,” and it’s making its premier at the very apropos Brooklyn Film Festival at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema on June 2 at 7:30 pm (Do we see a pattern here?). The documentary by filmmakers Kelly Anderson and Allison Lirish Dean, which took six years to make, chronicles the gentrification and changes that have occurred in our fair borough during the last 10 years, from the rise of hi-risers to the Barclay Center and everything in between.
“Many residents are bothered by gentrification but are not sure what to do about it,” says Anderson. “ ‘My Brooklyn’ invites these folks to consider the bigger picture.”
Standing O doesn’t care how you get there, just get there — the Brooklyn Film Festival runs from June 2 to June 10 and has showings at the very fine Brooklyn Heights Cinema.
Brooklyn Heights Cinema [70 Henry St. at Orange Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 596–7070].
Full and brightest
Park Sloper Andrea Khalil, a professor at Queens College (yeah, I know, that’s not technically in Brooklyn, but we’ve got our troops amassed along the border) was recently awarded a Fulbright Grant to study politics in North Africa. The grant will give her a chance to study Middle East politics over there, not here. Standing O pal Andrea will focus on Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya. “Receiving a Fulbright is a huge honor and I look forward to sharing my knowledge of the region with my classes at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center when I return from this research trip,” Andrea said. Standing O sends pats on the back for the honor, wishes her a bon voyage and a safe trip home, but thinks, Andrea, you need to share the knowledge here, too.
Reach reporter Joanna DelBuono at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (718) 260-2523.