DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WTVY) -- Dale County Schools Superintendent Ben Baker is crediting a group of football coaches with saving a student’s life.
A 15-year-old Dale County student collapsed at football practice at around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday. Baker says they were roughly 10 minutes into practice doing conditioning drills.
He says the coaching staff, including Head Football Coach Don Moore, immediately went into their emergency action plan, where each coach has a role. One coach started CPR and shocked him twice with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Baker says after the second shock the student started gasping for air. He was transported to Flowers Hospital and later airlifted to UAB Hospital.
“I want to commend the coaches. Everyone has a role when an emergency happens like this, and it worked like clockwork,” said Baker. “They had prepared, planned, and knew what to do.”
Coach Don Moore said this all happened just a few minutes into practice, so he doesn't think there is any issue with the drills.
He does plan on enforcing hydration and being more cautious going forward.
"You just try to stay calm as much as you can and make sure you know what you're doing and follow protocol," said Moore. "If it wasn't for that, he probably wouldn't be here today."
Baker says the student is in stable condition, but he’s not out of the woods. He is encouraging the community to lift the child and his family in prayers.