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.