The West Clermont Board of Education is celebrating its very own local heroes.
At its regular meeting Feb. 27, the board recognized the efforts of Ken Rushford and several others in saving the life of a Glen Este High School student who had suffered a heart attack and collapsed during an after school event.
The Trojan boys basketball teams were competing Jan. 12 against the Winton Woods’ Warriors at the Glen Este High School when Ken Rushford, who is in his third year serving as the high school’s athletic trainer, received word that one of the wrestlers was down.
Rushing to the scene, he found the student not breathing. Remaining calm, Rushford administered CPR and AED (an automatic external defibrillator), working on resuscitating the student until emergency help arrived.
The quick response by Rushford saved the life of the student.
On behalf of all the students at Glen Este High School, Principal Ashworth presented certificates of appreciation to athletic trainer Ken Rushford, head wrestling coach and teacher Nate Lynch, assistant football coach and administrative assistant Ray Ayers, junior high wrestling coach and teacher Chris Redmond, head football coach and teacher Zak Taylor, and assistant football coach and teacher Gary Denton.
"This student may have died if not for the quick response of Ken and the others we honor here tonight," said Ashworth. "Thanks to their noble and heroic efforts, this student can live a long and prosperous life."
West Clermont Superintendent Gary Brooks, after a two-minute standing ovation for the honorees, said that the whole community is immensely proud of their actions.
"This was a huge, visible, and very heroic act," he said. "There are little things that we can do each and every day with the kids that we work with in the hallways, classrooms, and on the fields. We are most proud of not only these men tonight for what they did in saving the life of one of our own, but for what they do every day to make West Clermont the outstanding school district that it is."
The student, who has chosen not to be publicized, is recuperating and expected to make a full recovery.