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Carle Place BOCES Student Becomes Hero

Frances Bruschi, 17, saves a life with epi pen injection

When Frances Bruschi was walking toward the bus to head home from BOCES one afternoon, it did not seem to be a particularly interesting day. That all changed in a matter of seconds.

There was a large group of students gathered around in a circle in what seemed like a frantic scene. As she walked closer it became clear that there was a student in need of immediate help; a bee sting had triggered an extreme allergic reaction. 

“The boy began turning all different colors and it was apparent he was danger,” said Bruschi, 17. “I checked his pocket and I found an epi pen. I injected it in his leg, and he ended up being okay.”

The name “epi pen” is short for epinephrine autoinjector. It is a medical device that delivers a dose of adrenaline, which is used when a person is having a serious allergic reaction and is meant to save his or her life.

That is precisely what Bruschi did.

The adrenaline is meant to be injected for 10 seconds, and then taken out while you massage the wounded skin. Coincidentally, it was just the day before the incident that Bruschi learned the proper way to administer the device. 

“It was remarkable that it occurred the day after she learned how to use it,” said her grandmother, also named Frances Bruschi, of East Meadow. 

Lending a helping hand is the Bruschi way apparently, as all her siblings, whose ages range between 16 and 18, are planning to study a field that provides care to others.

Her older brother is studying to become a veterinarian, while another is in the process of becoming a personal trainer. Frances is attending BOCES to study physical therapy and will be attending NYIT next fall to pursue her career.

The principal of her Carle Place High School, Thomas DePaolo, was extremely proud of Bruschi’s act and impressed with her character.

In a not-so-surprising act, Bruschi was initially unable to comment on the subject as she was donating blood to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

While there have been many devastating news stories recently in Long Island, Frances Bruschi has given her town something to be proud of.


Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.


In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.


“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 


Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 


The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.


Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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