This was not a drill. This was a fellow student with blood spurting from his artery - and he needed help.
So two students in the sports medicine class did just that: Bijan Rahimi and Grant Owen ran to the aid of a volleyball player injured in a "freak accident'' during an April practice at the high school gym. The Bijan Rahimi and Grant Owen applied emergency procedures and ultimately stopped an awful situation from becoming worse.
"We’re incredibly proud of them; the skills, the bravery, the cool collectedness is remarkable,'' Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said Tuesday during the regular school board meeting.
Teacher Melanie Harrick is a licensed physical therapist who along with instructor Kim Crosby praised the students for their quick thinking.
"You took the knowledge you gained from this class and applied it to a real-life situation,'' she said, adding it was an emergency "with blood spurting from an artery -- within minutes this person could've passed out and had very traumatic injuries.''
The identified the injured student as LCHS sophomore Christian Calles. According to a post on the newspaper's Facebook page, as administrators arrived on the scene, and ushered students away, 7/8 assistant principal Jarett Gold and Principal Anais Wenn allowed Rahimi and Owen to continue caring for the fallen Calles.
Of that, Owen told the Outlook, "It makes me feel a little more responsible that they were willing to trust us to know what we were doing with the kid.''
Rahimi and Owen are two of the 45 students in the high school's sports medicine program. They are part of a team that will represent LCHS at an upcoming national competition for sports medicine.