I Am Hamilton - Justin Thomason, a senior at Sequoyah High
Posted on 03/30/2020
Photo: (L to R) Amy Myhan, principal, Sequoyah High, Justin Thomason and James Cordell, Electrical Systems instructor at SequoyahToday, “I am Hamilton” spotlights Justin Thomason, a senior at Sequoyah High. Thomason has been hailed a hero for jumping into action to provide life-saving assistance to a friend involved in a car accident. He was driving behind a friend near the school when the friend’s car left the road and struck a tree. Justin ran to help and saw his friend was bleeding and needed help. Justin took off his belt and wrapped it around his friend’s arm to form a tourniquet to stop the loss of blood. Emergency personnel who responded to the scene believe the quick actions of the senior may well have saved his friend’s life.

“I am Hamilton” spotlights the contributions of alumni, teachers, parents, students, support workers, and community members in providing opportunities for children in the classrooms of Hamilton County Schools. Better opportunities for children today mean a brighter future filled with possibilities for our graduates, their families, and the community.

The Dallas Bay Fire Department and the Hamilton County Commission recognized Justin for his actions.

When asked where he learned the technique used to save his friend, Justin responded that it was instinct that took over, and he had seen the tourniquet applied to stop bleeding on television shows.

Thomason is studying electrical systems at Sequoyah High School. The course provides students with a general overview of both electricity and residential wiring. Upon completion, students can communicate electrical terminology, wire, and install residential circuits and work as an electrician helper. After three years in the program, students can apply for apprentice positions to be an electrician journeyman.

To nominate someone for “I Am Hamilton,” send an email to communications@hcde.org with the name of the person you would like to nominate, the school the individual is connected to in Hamilton County Schools, the person’s title, and what makes the individual a valued contributor to Hamilton County Schools. You can nominate a graduate, teacher, parent, student, support worker, community member, or anyone playing a role in a school in the district. Also, include your name, school or location, and title.

Photo: (L to R) Amy Myhan, principal, Sequoyah High, and Justin Thomason.

The I Am Hamilton series won a 2019 NSPRA Golden Achievement Award for school district communications from the National School Public Relations Association.