Southern Technical College Student Honored by County Chairwoman for Lifesaving Heroism

Kissimmee, FL – (Feb. 9, 2016) – Student Sara Santiago of St. Cloud, who studies medical assisting at the Orlando campus of Southern Technical College, “Southern Tech,” was awarded a certificate of commendation today for her quick actions last fall to help a citizen in need of medical assistance.

Pictured above St. Cloud resident and Southern Tech medical assisting student Sara Santiago was given a certificate of commendation from Osceola County Commission Chairwoman Viviana Janer Feb. 9 in the commission chambers at the county administration building in Kissimmee.


Left to right, Southern Tech’s Martin Levert, Executive Director, student hero Sara Santiago, Osceola Commission Chairwoman Viviana Janer and Southern Tech’s Orvin Vargas, Career Services Advisor, participated in the award ceremony.

Santiago was a passenger on the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) Route 10 bus in October of last year, when she noticed a man having difficulty breathing and complaining of chest pain. She was able to provide assistance to the man and keep him comfortable and conscious until paramedics arrived.

“We are so glad you were there and took such quick action,” Chairwoman Janer, who also serves as Vice Chair of LYNX, said as she awarded the certificate to Santiago.

Santiago had just learned CPR skills and had her medical supplies handy when she calmly assisted during the incident. She hopes to continue helping others once she graduates, which is scheduled for September.

Southern Tech-Orlando is located at 1485 Florida Mall Ave.


About Southern Technical College (

Founded in 2000, Southern Technical College is a career education school dedicated to providing students with the best possible career training and education in a student-centered environment. It was founded to combine traditional and job-practical teaching techniques in the areas of allied health sciences and applied technology. Delivered in a dynamic and professional environment, the curricula are designed to deliver intensive, hands-on training in core technical areas in combination with communication skills, interpersonal skills and a broad-based general education. Southern Tech is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education (CIE) and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Associate degrees in Surgical Technician at the Fort Myers, Tampa and Port Charlotte campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), and the Health Information Management associate degree program at the Fort Myers campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).