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Ovid-Elsie football coaches honored for saving player's life

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(01/21/13) - A coaching staff is being honored for saving a high school football player's life.

The Clinton County teen collapsed during practice last year, and the team sprang into action.

"It just makes me realize how fortunate I need to be for the life I have," said Ovid-Elsie High School sophomore Chris Fowler.

A left tackle on the football team, Chris never had health problems or any reason to worry, until a cool Tuesday afternoon in October.

"We were running wind sprints for conditioning at the end and I guess I went down on one knee, one of the coaches came over, put his hand on my neck and realized I was cold and clammy," he said.

Chris's coaches immediately went to work. They started chest compressions and the athletic director found the AED and shocked him until his heart started beating again.

He'd gone into cardiac arrest.

But months later, Chris is here; a walking, breathing miracle. The school board is honoring the coaches, medical staff and first responders who made that happen.

"It just brings back memories of October ninth, just blessed that he's still here," said head football coach Travis Long.

"I never really thought about anything happening to me but I knew if anything happened to me I'd want it to be around those guys, they're top of the line," Chris said.

Chris wants to spread the word that AED's are life-saving, and should be in every school.

He hopes to play football this year, but he's not sure if he'll be able to.

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