High School Football Athletic Trainer Springs Into Action and Saves Veteran’s Life

by Quentin Blount
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A high school football athletic trainer in Minnesota became a hero on Friday night after saving the life of a local veteran.

The Hutchinson Tigers were getting ready to take on the Willmar Cardinals. The night was also a time to honor military veterans and had been dubbed Red, White, and Blue Service Appreciation Night. That was evident on the field prior to the kick-off of the game. Local veterans joined the Tigers on the field and together they held a huge American flag while planes flew overhead.

However, the touching moment quickly became a scary one when one of those veterans became unresponsive on the sideline. Thankfully for him, Hutchinson employs Amy Rogotzke as their high school football trainer. She was right nearby and quickly jumped into action.

“We lowered him to the ground and initiated the CPR,” Rogotzke told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. “While we were working on him for a little bit he ended up thankfully coming to. Which is not often the case so we were very, very fortunate.”

The Twitter account for the Hutchinson High School called their athletic trainer a “lifesaver” in a tweet after the game.

“During a pre-game ceremony honoring veterans and first responders, Amy identified an individual in medical crisis,” the Hutchinson High School Twitter account posted. “Amy took immediate action and initiated intervention that saved a life.”

“We couldn’t be more proud of Amy, and we are so lucky that she is our athletic trainer. Athletic trainers save lives at high school events. AEDs save lives at high school events. Thank you to Amy and our partners at Hutch Health @_HealthPartners. You change lives and you save lives.”

“This is Amy. Amy is our athletic trainer. And tonight, Amy is a lifesaver. #WeAreHutch”

Second Time Someone Collapsed at a High School Football Game

What happened on Friday night in Hutchinson unfortunately was not the only scary thing to take place this month during a high school football game in Minnesota. Back on September 3, the Waseca football team had just 31 seconds left in their game when their head coach, Brad Wendland, went into cardiac arrest

An AED (automated external defibrillator) was used and those working on Wendland had him responsive in about five minutes. As a matter of fact, Wendland wanted to finish coaching the game for his team but was sent to the hospital instead. Thankfully, he is back at home now and is doing better every day.

Wendland posted a tweet last week saying, “Never been more happy to be home! Can’t thank you enough for the prayers and well wishes! Kim, the boys, and myself are beyond grateful!”

If there is one clear message from these instances, it’s that knowing CPR and how to use an AED could one day help save someone’s life.