Heritage recognizes medical staff’s courage

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In what was supposed to be an ordinary preseason football game, things took a turn for the worse when senior Timothy “Tim” Burroughs-Love suffered a cardiac arrest Friday, August 18 before kickoff. The football team was scheduled to take on Booker T. Washington Senior High School at Traz Powell Stadium when the tragedy struck. 

Burroughs-Love suffered a seizure on the sidelines during the first quarter of the game. Fortunately, the school’s training staff was prepared and quickly took control of the situation. As soon as he collapsed, staff began administering CPR before using an AED machine to help his heart resume beating. 

“We did a lot of these scenarios and you prepare for the worst and you hope for the best and when that worst does show up — you are ready,” head athletic trainer Frank Millan said Friday night, in an interview with WPLG Local 10.

Recognizing the staff’s bravery, the school held a ceremony Monday, August 21 in their honor. School president Dr. Douglas Laurie presented Millan, assistant athletic trainer Nicholle-Christine Galletti, physician assistant Javier Ditas and paramedics Bobby Curtis and Alex Arias with a special certificate commending their bravery. 

Irene, now a senior at American Heritage, returns to staff as the Online-Editor-in-Chief for her third and final year with the Patriot Post. She loves all things literature and spends most of her time with her nose in a book. Her passion for writing started early, and she is currently the co-president of the Quill and Scroll Society. When she is not studying or writing articles for the wonderful iPatriotPost, she enjoys volunteering and helping lead a multitude of clubs at Heritage. Since 2014, she has worked alongside Best Buddies, an organization that advocates for inclusivity for those with intellectual and physical disabilities. As a co-founder and current board member of the South Florida Best Buddies Student Advisory Board, she plans fundraisers and service projects, including the annual Friendship Walk, which raised almost $300,000. She looks forward to making this year special and as amazing as possible.