Everyday Heroes

Athletic Trainers In Right Place At The Right Time To Save A Life

They jumped into action when a child stopped breathing. How you can learn to do it too.


When the football team trainer at Warren G. Harding High School in Warren OH headed to varsity practice on a sunny Thursday afternoon in September, little did he know that he'd suddenly become part of an emergency where he'd have the chance to save a life. The heroics of trainer Alex McCaskey (above left) and a trainer intern recently came to light recently when the folks at Akron Children's Hospital, publicized it on their Facebook page - where the two are getting lots of love!

Akron Children's Hospital Facebook page

While Harding varsity head coach Steve Arnold (above right) ran his team through their drills, a fight broke out among a small group of children playing nearby, unrelated to the practice. When an assistant coach noticed one child punch another, knocking out the second child, he alerted his colleagues. “The young man was down on the ground and not moving, and his breathing was becoming delayed," coach Arnold told inside.akronchildrens .

Trainer McCaskey and Youngstown State University intern Shamara Golden jumped into action. “Initially when his breathing and heart stopped I felt fear, but I didn't really think about him not making it," said McCaskey. McCaskey and Golden took turns doing chest compressions and mouth to mouth for about 15 minutes until paramedics arrived. The trainers finally shocked the young man's heart back to beating with an automated external defibrillator (AED) and the 'medics took him to the hospital, where he recovered. “The mother called me the day the child was taken off the ventilator and able to breathe on his own," McCaskey told inside.akronchildrens. Later he got to meet the boy he saved at a football game.

“There is no doubt in my mind that these two trainers saved that young man's life." Coach Steve Arnold

You don't have to be an athletic trainer or medical professional to save a life. Anyone can be trained in CPR/AED (my husband and I did it). If you feel inspired by this story to learn how, click here to go to the American Red Cross training page where you can find a class near you by simply plugging in your zip code. We hope you agree that it's the ultimate way to #StartSomethingGood!

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