West Clermont heroes honored by school board

The West Clermont Board of Education is celebrating its very own local heroes.

At its regular meeting Feb. 27, the board recognized the efforts of Ken Rushford and several others in saving the life of a Glen Este High School student who had suffered a heart attack and collapsed during an after school event.

The Trojan boys basketball teams were competing Jan. 12 against the Winton Woods’ Warriors at the Glen Este High School when Ken Rushford, who is in his third year serving as the high school’s athletic trainer, received word that one of the wrestlers was down.

Rushing to the scene, he found the student not breathing. Remaining calm, Rushford administered CPR and AED (an automatic external defibrillator), working on resuscitating the student until emergency help arrived.

The quick response by Rushford saved the life of the student.