High School Athletic Trainer Uses AED To Save Referee’s Life

When Larry Moreau suddenly collapsed while refereeing a girl’s junior varsity basketball game Nov. 29 at Westbrook High School in Maine, athletic trainer Anita Dixon made a live-saving move: She grabbed a Powerheart® G3 AED.

According to WCSH-TV in Portland, Maine, which first reported the incident, Moreau suddenly collapsed during the game. Dixon quickly checked his vital signs, and detected a weak pulse with little breathing. Thankfully, Westbrook High School had purchased an automated external defibrillator (AED).

“When we did first get to him he was unconscious, but he was breathing and had very weak pulse,” Dixon explained to WCSH-TV.  “Later on, he ended up not breathing, and we had to use the AED to shock him to get his heart back in rhythm.”


Athletic trainer Anita Dixon shown here with a Powerheart AED G3 similar to the one that saved the referee’s life. (Photo: www.wcsh6.com)

Once medical crews arrived at the school, they rushed Moreau to the hospital to perform surgery where he was later listed in satisfactory condition. If it had not been for adequate training and Westbrook High School’s decision to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator, the outcome for Moreau could have been different.

For more information about our AED program, please contact Cardiac Science AED Certified Specialist, Matt Deyo.