Football coaches in Oklahoma save man who has heart attack

A man taking photographs of a high school football team was saved by coaches after suffering a heart attack.
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A man taking photographs of a high school football team was saved by coaches after suffering a heart attack.

Credit: Naomi Baker

Credit: Naomi Baker

Football coaches at an Oklahoma high school saved the life of a man who collapsed on the field while taking team photos two weeks ago, KFOR reported.

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Steven Bolton, publisher of The Comanche Times was taking photos of the Comanche High School football team when he said he “just felt this terrible pain that I had never felt,” the television station reported.

"Everything was fine and (then) he went downhill in a matter of seconds," Coach Montie Blair told KFOR.

Blair, a veteran of the fire department, rushed to Bolton’s side along with fellow coach Casy Rowell.

"He was blue, and we could tell that he wasn`t breathing. I could tell he didn`t have a pulse," Rowell told KFOR. "So yeah, we were definitely really worried. I didn`t know what to think so we just kept going."

The coaches were able to revive Bolton after using an automated electronic defibrillator, the television station reported.

"He took a gasp of air, went to breathing, started getting some color back," Blair told KFOR.

Bolton was taken to a hospital and had two stents inserted into his chest. He is recovering and looking forward to covering the football team during the season.

"We`re forever linked. You just don`t share that moment," Bolton told KFOR. "Those people praying for me were just as much a part of this as anything else."

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