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Police Officer and Doctor Save Boy after Collapse at Basketball Game

FISHERS, IN--Quick action by a Fishers police officer and an emergency room doctor helped save the life of a 12-year-old boy who collapsed during a basketball game Saturday, Fishers Police said.

Fishers Police Sgt. Troy Fettinger was doing a security check at Fishers Junior High School when the boy, Joel, collapsed on the court, police said.

Fettinger radioed for help and got his automated external defibrillator from his cruiser while a Community Hospital ER doctor who was in the crowd started CPR.

Fishers Police said an ER doctor at IU Health at Saxony, where Joel was taken, told the boy's mother that Fettinger had saved her son's life.

The doctor said Joel had gone into a lethal heart rhythm, and the use of the AED was critical in saving him.

Joel was transferred to Riley Hospital for Children to recover.

SOURCE: The Indy Channel

Varsity Runner Survives Heart Scare Because Her School Was Prepared

MALVERN, PA--Phil Genther has been coaching track and cross country for 36 years, including 18 at his current post directing the girls’ programs at Villa Maria Academy, a tiny Catholic school in Malvern, Pennsylvania. During his nearly 40-year career, Genther has seen his share of athletes suffer injuries and other unfortunate occurrences that are associated with running.

At the last two PIAA Cross-Country Championships, he witnessed a pair of athletes get hit by deer while out on the trails.

But there is nothing that compares to what the 60-year-old coach had to experience back on Sept. 13 with one of his top varsity runners. It’s something that very few coaches have ever had to witness during their tenures.

Genther was down at the school’s track, directing his squad through a rare tempo run, when junior Blair Allan, a tall, slender harrier collapsed during the cool-down period.

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