Boy, 15, in stable condition after RCSD staff and others revive him after collapsing during game

15-year-old revived

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A boy, 15, is hospitalized in stable condition and improving after two Rochester City School District employees and others revived him during a basketball game on Wednesday night.

The Monroe High School student collapsed after he went into cardiac arrest on the court during a junior varsity game. The game was against School of the Arts at the gym of RCSD No. 33 on Webster Avenue.

In a statement, the district said two of its employees, athletic trainer Dave DiPasquale and safety officer Jushawn Rucker, used an AED to perform life-saving measures. From there, emergency crews from the Rochester Police Department, Rochester Fire Department, and AMR took over.

First responders took the boy to Strong Hospital. The district says all of its school have AED kits and staff who know how to use them. An AMR paramedic, Corey Youells, told News10NBC he encourages everyone to get trained in using AED and CPR in case of emergencies.

“A cardiac arrest can happen anywhere at any time. So it can happen at work, home, schools. So to know how to do CPR and how to use an AED is incredibly important,” Youells said.

Basketball mom and licensed registered nurse Tashae Moxley spoke to News10NBC about why its important for people to get trained in CPR and AED.

“You never know what situation you’ll be in, wherever you’ll be at, you need to be ready and willing to act and do what you have to do,” Moxley said.

Moxley was at her son’s basketball game at Wilson High School on Wednesday night and said that parents need to be ready in case paramedics aren’t around.

“You need to be right there ready and be able to help them because sometimes emergency don’t come in time,” Moxley said.

All games at School No. 33 were cancelled following the boy’s collapse. Here is the full statement from RCSD:

“Yesterday evening, during the JV basketball game between Monroe and School of the Arts at the School No. 33 gym, a Monroe student collapsed during play. Two valiant RCSD employees (Jushawn Rucker, Wilson Foundation School Safety Officer, and Dave DiPasquale, East Athletic Trainer) jumped to action and deployed the AED as they began life-saving efforts before the Rochester Fire Department, the RPD, and AMR responded.” 

“Thanks to their quick action, the student regained consciousness and was transported to Strong Hospital. We are pleased to share that the student, whose name we are not releasing, is in stable condition and steadily improving.  We ask that you please respect the family’s request for privacy.  The safety of students and staff is a top priority for the District, and all our schools are equipped with AEDs and staff trained to utilize them.”