Quick reaction, experience helps caregiver save a resident’s life

Joanie Moore, Contributing Writer

Photo by Joanie Moore

Eunice Kimbler (left), a direct support professional with Summertree Residential, is pictured with John Burkitt and Summertree Manager Kelly Hughes. Kimbler was credited with saving Burkitt’s life on Nov. 7.

MANCELONA – It began as a routine afternoon at work, but turned out to be anything but normal for a Mancelona area caregiver.

Eunice Kimbler, a direct support professional with Summertree Residential for the past 10 years, took her client, John Burkitt, out for dinner at a church function on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 7.

“When we were leaving the dinner John grabbed an apple and put it in his pocket,” Kimbler said. “I put John in the back seat of the car and buckled him in.”

Kimbler drove down the road toward their destination with the radio on and the two listened to music – something Kimbler said John always enjoys when they are riding in the car.

“I heard an unusual sound and asked John if he was alright,” Kimbler said.  “He didn’t answer me so I turned on the dome light and when I looked in the rearview mirror, I could see he was choking and turning blue.”

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