Woman Dies Trying to Save Someone's Life

EMT Samantha Agins Was 22-Years-Old

Tannersville, Monroe County – A young woman from the Tannersville area of Monroe County died after trying to save someone’s life. Samantha Agins was 22-years-old.

From the time Samantha was a little girl, her parents knew there was something special about her. She balanced her silly and serious sides perfectly. Her father Bruce recalled, "She was always the smartest one in our entire family, even when she was two-years-old she outsmarted her mother and I."

Samantha was the oldest of three sisters and, like many first-borns, she was incredibly driven. She always strived for straight As in school and worked hard on the soccer field. “She was just that type of kid,” said her mother, Paula.

The young woman got interested in a medical career as a child. Paula recalled Samantha lining her dolls up and pretending they were patients. She had trouble with her ears and spent a lot of time in children’s hospitals. So, she decided to become a physician’s assistant in a children’s hospital.

She attended Pocono Mountain East High School, where she played soccer. She graduated in 2011.

Then, Samantha went on to study pre med in college. While she attended East Stroudsburg University (and earned a 4.0 GPA), she also worked part time at the Minisink Hotel, and earned her Emergency Medical Technician Certification.

She put that training to use as an EMT for Camp Jaycee in Effort this summer. It’s a camp for people who have special needs. Bruce said, "I want people to remember Samantha as a giver, always smiling, always making other people happy."

Friday night, a 43-year-old woman at the camp needed CPR. Officials did not release the woman's name. Samantha jumped in to help. Paula noted, "They said that she just took command of the scene."

Samantha reportedly performed CPR for at least 30 minutes. Despite her efforts, the woman died. Paula cried, "The AED [Automatic External Defibrillator] told her to press harder, so she pressed harder, and she pressed harder, and she pressed harder."

The EMT worked so hard, she suffered a stroke. Doctors told her parents she may have had a week spot in an artery in the back of her neck. Soon after, she suffered several more strokes. Samantha died Tuesday. Bruce said, "Samantha is incredibly loved and will be missed and she is a hero."

Her family said they find some comfort in knowing Samantha lost her life doing what she loved; helping others. "Her legacy is so everyone knows that it's important to give. It's important to help,” Paula said with tears in her eyes.

Doctors were able to save some of Samantha’s tissue to donate to others. Her parents say she would be proud she could help others, even after her death.

Paula and Bruce are considering creating a scholarship in their daughter’s honor. The family has not yet finalized memorial arrangements.


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