“I just remember Austin basically fell over the kid and from there my instinct was just to run out to him,” she said in the release. “My adrenaline was pumping at that point because I knew something wasn’t right.”
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Meyers began administering first aid, but Reese soon stopped breathing and his heart stopped. Hockenberger, who came to assist, reportedly began applying chest compressions while Meyers retreived an automated external defibrillator. After getting his heart beating again, paramedics arrived on scene and were able to stabilize Reese. He has since made a full recovery.
Hockenberger said she feels lucky Reese survived the ordeal.
“I’m thankful that my training, education and experience helped lead to a positive outcome, but I am realistic enough to realize that we are lucky this turned out the way it did,” she said.
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Meyers said she is humbled by the recognition from NATA.
“I’m just thankful that Austin is okay,” she said. “He was my No. 1 priority that day.”
Correction: A previous version of this article referred to misidentified Hockenberger and Meyers as students and referred to them as “sports trainers.”