Tuesday Coaching Staff and Law Enforcement Saved A 15 Year Old's LifeRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Aug 07 2019 10:52 PM
MIDLAND CITY: At around 7:15 AM on Tuesday a student with South Dale County High School collapsed on the football field.
South Dale County High School is located on Highway 59 inside the city limits of Midland City.
The quick thinking and actions of the coaching staff, and the forward thinking of the person who had purchase a AED for the school, and a plan established and in place, saved this young man's life.
The plan was administered. The AED was used to shock the young man's heart back into rhythm. Law Enforcement from Midland City and Dale County Sheriff Department were quick on the scene and assisted.
According to the Dale County Superintendent the coaching staff quickly implemented the CPR plan. The coaching staff saved the young man's life.
Ozark Fire - EMS responded to the scene, quickly loading the young man into the Ozark Fire - EMS Ambulance, and under law enforcement escort, rushed this young man to Flowers Hospital.
The excellent medical staff at Flowers Hospital worked on the young man getting him in stable condition to be transferred to UAB Hospital in Birmingham. He was lifeflighted to Birmingham from Flowers Hospital.
HATS OFF to the coaching staff, Midland City Police and Dale County Sheriff Department for their quick thinking, response and action.
HATS OFF to Ozark Fire and EMS. They respond all over Dale County in order to save lives. Ozark Fire Chief Phllip Prince and Ozark Mayor Bob Bunting have to make crucial decisions to make sure the City of Ozark is protected but work to respond to medical emergencies across the county when called upon.
This young man is alive today because of forward thinking. First because someone bought a AED Device, had it in place at the school. And the coaching staff (1) knew where it was at, (2) it was charged (3) had developed a plan and knew that plan (4) executed that plan immediately.
Folks, I have to be very honest...as someone who has worked in and around the emergency services field for 43 years, beginning at age 16, nothing makes me smile more then having a plan, knowing the plan, and executing the plan.
While I hate what this young man is having to go through, I am happy beyond all measures someone took the time to make plans, train on the plan. Hey, school has been out but someone made sure this AED was charged and operational. And the plan worked.
I have no idea who was responsible for the oversight of the AED, the janitor or above. But you played a part in this young man being alive today. You know why? Because you had made sure this AED was operational, charged and ready.
Normally task as the AED charging are left to the lower people in the chain of command. I want that person to know, on days when you feel you are lower person in the chain, on Tuesday, your work proved more important than the Chief Executive Officer of Wells Fargo Bank or any State or Federal Judge. Because someone had made sure the AED's were charged and operational.
The coaches and staff, man you did great. But so did the person who checks the equipment. So if there is any recognition, and they deserve recognition, of those who used the AED and followed the plan. The person who is responsible for making sure the AED'S are in place and work, they need recognition also.
I love plans, and when those plans are executed.