Corona alum honored for saving life of Tempe business owner

CdS Life Saving ceremony Corona del Sol alum Chance Buddecke saved a man’s life with the training he learned from his high school health class.

On August 18, 2018, Buddecke’s boss Jim Wise suffered from cardiac arrest while at his Tempe Baskin-Robbins store. Sarah Wise, Jim’s wife, and Buddecke jumped into action. The two worked together to use continuous compression, a hands-only resuscitation technique, until paramedics arrived.

En route to the hospital, Mr. Wise was conscious, awake and talking. Fire officials credit Mr. Wise’s survival to the life saving efforts by Buddecke and Mrs. Wise.

“You never expect that you’re going to need to use this technique, but you just jump into action” Sarah Wise said of the experience. “Someday you might save a life as well. I’m sure glad I did.”

Buddecke, a 2017 Aztec alum, learned continuous compression while a student at Corona del Sol High School. Currently, all Tempe Union High School Students enrolled in a health class learn life-saving skills through an education outreach program through a partnership between the Tempe fire department’s Patient Advocate Services and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital.

Since it’s beginning in 2012, the program has succeeded in training over 22,000 students in continuous compression.

“All it takes is one person to make a difference,” said Tempe Mayor Mitchell, who honored Buddecke and Mrs. Wise at Corona del Sol High School on October 19. Both received a Citizen Life Saving Award from the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department.

Buddecke is now a freshman at Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business.

“Corona del Sol’s goal is to provide a safe, supportive, educational environment with comprehensive opportunities for each student to acquire the knowledge and develop skills necessary to become well rounded, contributing members of our community,” said Corona del Sol Principal Nathan Kleve.