Pascack Hills High School athlete collapses, revived by defibrillator

A student at Pascack Hills High School was brought back to life after he collapsed during track practice Wednesday, thanks to brave staff members and the right piece of life-saving equipment. (3/19/14)

MONTVALE - A student at Pascack Hills High School was brought back to life after he collapsed during track practice Wednesday, thanks to brave staff members and the right piece of life-saving equipment.

The student, a 16 or 17-year-old junior, had just run two laps and was stretching when he collapsed. He had no pulse when his coach and a former student, now an EMT, rushed to his side. They performed CPR while school trainer Steve Papa rushed to the field with a defibrillator. 

"This was something I hope I never have to do that again," Papa says.

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The student was immediately revived and taken to the hospital where he is in stable condition.

"Every dollar that we spent on that defibrillator was worth it," says Principal Glenn DeMarrais.

As of September, all New Jersey schools will be required to have defibrillators. The law is called Janet's Law, named after a cheerleader who died on the field in 2006.  

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