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Deputies revive student who stopped breathing at basketball practice

Lt. Eva Jones from a Stop the Bleed training event at the James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center in 2018.
Posted at 12:53 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 12:56:32-05

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (WMAR) — Thanks to the life saving efforts of a St. Mary's County Sheriff's Lieutenant, a 17-year-old Great Mills High School student is on their way to recovery.

The student had collapsed and stopped breathing during a February 4th school basketball practice

Together Lieutenant Eva Jones, Deputy Andrew Burgess, and School Athletic Trainer Haley Squires began CPR while also using bag-valve mask.

While evaluating the student's heart rhythm on a cardiac monitor, Jones used an AED to deliver a shock, which restarted the student's pulse.

“This was a superb team effort between Great Mills High School staff, emergency first responders and the Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Tim Cameron said. “The quick response and actions by our deputies no doubt helped save the life of this student. Not only do our officers investigate crimes, enforce laws and protect the community, our deputies are prepared and trained to save lives each and every day,” the Sheriff said.

The student was flown to a hospital by helicopter.

Sheriff's Office officials didn't reveal what may have caused the student to stop breathing.