Samantha Agins, 22, died on August 11th, 2015. Samantha was an EMT at a summer camp and on August 8th a camper went into cardiac arrest. Samantha performed CPR on the victim for at least 30 minutes until the responding ambulance arrived. Following the event she fell ill, attributed to the shock of the event being her first time performing CPR, and was sent home.
Once home her condition deteriorated and she was taken to Pocono Medical Center where it was discovered that an artery was dissected and she had been having multiple strokes. The arterial dissection was attributed to the effort and physical exertion of the resuscitation effort. She was transferred to Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, but her condition worsened, she was taken off life support on Tuesday at the wishes of her family, and her tissues were donated to others.
Samantha was a senior at East Stroudsburg University with aspirations to become a Physicians Assistant. Samantha Agins’ legacy is “If you can help someone, you have to try,” according to her mother, Paula Agins. She was the oldest sister to Sara and Kayla, and one of them created the hashtag #PurpleHeartsForSam in her memory. Her obituary from the Pocono Record can be found here.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17 at the William H. Clark Funeral Home, 1003 Main St., Stroudsburg. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Richards, officiating. Private cremation will have already taken place at the H. G. Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg.
Memorials remembrances may be made to the East Stroudsburg Savings Association Bank – Samantha C. Agins Memorial Scholarship Fund, 744 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 18360.