Shelbyville Daily Union

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March 8, 2013

Ladd, McConnell named 'Heroes' by Red Cross

Two Shelbyville heroes were honored during Shelbyville High School’s athletic banquet Wednesday evening.

Coach Kyle Ladd and basketball player Luke McConnell were recognized by the American Red Cross for their actions in saving a fellow student’s life in November.

Coach Mike Steers told the audience that while on the way home from a basketball game, the team’s manager Thomas Durbin had fallen asleep. His efforts to arouse Durbin were fruitless and Durbin stopped breathing.

“I called 9-1-1 to alert them of the situation. I have to admit I was a little frantic,” Steers said.

Ladd and McConnell, both trained in CPR, laid Durbin on the floor of the bus and began rescue breaths and chest compression and continued the procedure until the bus reached Pana Community Hospital.

Durbin is fine today.

“Both of these men knew what to do and they did it,” said Illinois Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross CEO Colleen Stone. “Both were trained in CPR as part of their lifeguard training. This demonstrates the need for everyone to be trained in CPR.”

Ladd and McConnell received Certificates of Merit, a national award, and will be honored in the Community Heroes category at a Heroes Breakfast in Springfield on April 19.

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