Midlands, SC – On October 10, Josh Boyd was playing a pick-up game of basketball with a couple of friends and two members of the Columbia Fire Department.   As an athletic senior at Richland Northeast High School and Quarterback of the football team, no one would have imagined what would happen during the game.

After missing a shot and running down the court, Josh collapsed.  Josh wasn’t breathing, and he had no pulse. One of the firefighters started CPR immediately and continued until EMS arrived.  Once at the hospital, the Boyd family learned Josh had experienced a heart attack and was diagnosed with an enlarged heart.  Thanks to the quick response of the firefighters and lifesaving medical advances, Josh had open-heart surgery, a defibrillator implanted and was able to go home only two short days later.

On Sunday, October 21 seventy of his teammates, friends and family gathered at Greater St. Luke Baptist Church to honor Josh.  Amanda Butler, Executive Director of the Midlands American Heart Association, joined Boyd and educated the congregation in Hands-Only CPR.  “Josh is fortunate to be alive today,” said Butler.

CPR, when performed immediately, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. We are so thankful to have the opportunity to educate more Midlands residents in hands-only CPR adding so many more lifesavers in our community.”   If you would like to learn the two simple steps to save a life, go here.