Archive - May 29, 2012 - Blog entry

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Defibrillators saving lives at suburban schools

By Kimberly Pohl
An animated Rich Keller recently stood at third base on a beautiful spring afternoon, his hands delivering a series of signals that let his batter know she should lay down a bunt.

No one would ever guess that Schaumburg High School’s freshman softball coach had collapsed — just one month earlier — at that very spot on the team’s home field.

“The girls thought I was just messing around, laying on the ground trying to sun myself or something,” Keller, 63, recalled. “Turns out, I was in trouble.”

And a nearby automatic external defibrillator saved him.

From a referee who collapsed 18 months ago at a Round Lake High School basketball game to a Glenbard South High School cross country coach who slumped over after speaking at a 2001 pep rally for his state champion team, several suburban residents have benefited from AEDs at schools.

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