Oklahoma coaches honored for saving journalist's life

Posted at 2:30 PM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 15:30:42-04

(KFOR/CNN) — Football coaches who stepped in to help a photographer with a heart attack were honored with Heartsaver Hero Award. 

An Oklahoma photographer taking pictures at a high school football game suffered a heart attack and stopped breathing. 

Football coaches Montie Blair and Casy Rowell sprung into action. 

Steve Bolton had suffered a heart attack and stopped breathing. 

For 20 minutes, Blair and Rowell performed CPR and used an electronic defibrillator on Bolton. 

Now, the two are being honored by the American Heart Association's Heartsaver Hero Award. 

Blair is a fire department veteran and immediately started yelling orders when Bolton hit the ground. 

"I just see those coaches and all those people praying and I think and I think of that coach as a young boy. I was on the sideline and covered him as a high school football player and then for him to come back as a coach and save my life," said Bolton. 

Bolton also said that every high school should have the necessary equipment and training to handle medical emergencies. 

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