A group of Utah football coaches have earned hero status after their quick thinking and an AED saved the life of a student athlete.
As reported by Salt Lake City Fox affiliate KSTU, Fremont (Plain City) football coaches were able to save the life of Riley Linford after he collapsed while jogging during indoor conditioning. When coaches at the scene called 911, they were walked through a quick diagnosis, all while one coach began performing CPR and another ran to get the on-campus AED. When Linford didn’t respond to CPR, he was successfully resuscitated by the defibrillator and airlifted to nearby McKay Dee Hospital.
The teen is now recovering at Primary Children’s Hospital, in stable condition.
“One of the coaches called 911 right away,” Fremont principal Rob Belnap told KSTU. “They don’t see themselves as heroes in this situation but we certainly recognize them as having done something heroic in that moment.”