Kudos to the athletic training and nursing staff for saving this student’s life. This story illustrates how important a competent staff and CPR-ready students are to the safety of our children.
A Palestine High School sophomore was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital after collapsing at a track meet Tuesday.
Lucas Decker, son of Rick and Jody Decker, was running the 3200-meter run during a five-team meet at Robinson High School when he collapsed shortly after 5 p.m. Reportedly, he stopped breathing and had no pulse. Nurse Sharon Albaugh – the mother of RHS athlete Kyle Albaugh – performed CPR on the teen. Certified Athletic Trainer Scott Rawlings and two Eastern Illinois University students studying to become trainers were also on hand.
United Life Care Ambulance was called to the scene and reportedly used defibrillators on Decker. Robinson firefighters were present to assist if needed. Decker was taken to Crawford Memorial Hospital, then transferred by helicopter to Riley Children’s Hospital shortly before 7:30 p.m. A spokesman for IU Health said Decker was in fair condition today. An email received early today by Palestine High School Principal Joe Sornberger said Decker was undergoing “further tests.”