Wanting to help in an emergency is one thing. Being ready, prepared, and willing to is a whole other ballgame. Utilizing the CPR/AED training received at the Glen Mills Schools, Battling Bulls’ head wrestling coach Matt Shannon and assistants Courtney Scheb and Marcus Vass recently sprang into action at a tournament at Church Farm School and performed CPR and AED treatment on a gentleman watching his grandson wrestle for another school.
Survival rates of people receiving bystander administered CPR are hard to pinpoint because of the many variables, but the effort does give the victim a better chance to live. According to the American Heart Association, effective bystander CPR provided immediately after cardiac arrest can double the chance of survival. However, they also say most cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital. Unfortunately, the gentleman who the Glen Mills trio performed CPR on did not survive but the heroic efforts of the Glen Mills staff members gave him a chance- a chance that was doubled by their immediate reaction.
While the other Glen Mills coaches tended to the needs of the student/athletes, Shannon, Vass, and Scheb all immediately responded and provided emergency care. They performed many rounds of chest compressions, rescue breaths, and AED shocks before the Emergency Medical Technicians arrived.
“Our training was a huge help,” Vass shared. “We didn’t have to think about what we were doing because the training and the adrenaline kicked in. Being armed with that knowledge and training is very beneficial.”
The fact that the Glen Mills staff members were willing to help is no surprise considering the training they receive at the school. As part of a wide-ranging training program, all direct care Glen Mills staff members are required to have American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED training. Additionally, direct care staff members have Blood Bourne Pathogen and MRSA training within 90 days of their start date. Glen Mills staff members then undergo recertification training every two years. Students also have the opportunity to receive emergency training in their American Heart Association CPR in Schools course. Staff members Drew Grieshober, Ben Mills, Bob Boyle, and Graham Desmond are certified instructors.
“We’re the best trained staff around,” Vass concluded.
Glen Mills wrestler Alganon Muhammad was impressed with what he saw from his coaches.
“I’ve always had a lot of respect for Glen Mills staff members and my coaches,” Muhammad said. “But the fact that, in a gym that was packed with a lot of other people, they were the ones who responded and tried to save the gentleman, takes that respect to a whole other level.”