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Senator Helming presents Liberty Medal to heroic Seneca Falls Middle School teacher

Senator Pam Helming recently presented former Seneca Falls Middle School health teacher Laura Rundell with the Liberty Medal for her heroic actions to save a student’s life last June. The Liberty Medal is the highest civilian honor bestowed by the New York State Senate.   


During a presentation in Ms. Rundell’s health class on June 9, 2021, 7th grader Allyson Fenton gave the universal sign for choking after accidentally swallowing a bottle cap. Ms. Rundell responded immediately, performing the Heimlich maneuver that ultimately saved Allyson’s life.   

Ms. Rundell now works for the South Seneca Central School District.   

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“Teachers are amazing, always going the extra mile for their students. On June 9, Laura Rundell went so far as to save a life. It is my honor to present her with the Liberty Medal in recognition of her decisive and lifesaving actions. The most inspiring heroes are not found in comic books or movies. They are found right here in our communities. Thank you and congratulations to Ms. Rundell, an exemplary teacher and citizen,” said Senator Helming.



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