“A kid ran in and said ‘Scrubs, we need you on the field,’” athletic trainer Windee Skrabanek remembered.
That was the beginning of a series of actions that would lead to saving the life of a Temple High School sophomore and, eventually, to Skrabanek receiving a multi-state award from the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association this July.
It began in March 2016, when Temple High football player De’Aveun Banks collapsed while working out. Skrabanek raced out to the stadium and found pandemonium.
“We had just started practices and it was kind of busy, and the kids just started screaming ‘Scrubs! Scrubs! Scrubs!,’” Skrabanek said. “An athletic training student had grabbed the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) that’s right here, because they had seen the panic, and the coaches were hollering — Coach (Scott) Stewart was already calling 911 at that point.”