Two California coaches are rightfully being called life savers after their quick intervention — with the aid of an on-site defibrillator — helped ensure that a player who collapsed in their school gym survived.
As reported by CBS Los Angeles and the Orange County Register, Aliso Niguel High (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) coaches Peter Butler, who leads the girls volleyball team, and Doug Fleming, who coaches the sophomore boys basketball team, combined to help save the life of Aliso Niguel athlete Jaewon Yun, a 15-year-old basketball player who had collapsed while suffering from asthma inside the school’s gym.
According to Orange County Fire Captain Steve Concialdi, Yun was clinically dead, not breathing and without a pulse, when the two coaches arrived on the scene. The two coaches called 9-1-1 and then immediately began administering CPR, with Fleming beginning chest compressions and rescue breathing while Butler placed the pads for the school’s defibrilator on Yun’s body. Advised by emergency operators on the other end of the line, Butler shocked Yun and brought back a pulse, and Fleming continued chest compressions and rescue breathing until emergency responders arrived on the scene.
“And they told the volleyball coach, ‘Grab the AED.’ So, he ran over there in the corner, grabbed the AED,” Concialdi told CBS Los Angeles. “The volleyball coach ran in here. Ripped open his shirt. Applied the pads to his chest and one on the back. Pressed ‘Analyze’ and then it said ‘Shock Indicated’ and the coach was able to defibrillate him right then.”
The school has had an on-campus IED for fewer than 10 years, inspired by the death of former student Megan Myers, who died during a cross country meet. Her mother called to congratulate the two coaches following their brave intervention, though the duo insisted that Yun’s survival was all the thanks they hoped for.
“I’m still a bit shaken up, choking up talking about it,” Butler told the Register. “I’m so blessed to have able hands that God gave and a clear mind, so grateful. I’m just glad me and Doug were in the situation.”