Wheeling Central coach saves a man’s life


One local football coach was just attending his usual church mass at St. Michael Church when a man started having health issues.

On September 9th, Wheeling Central Catholic’s Coach Mike Young had a coach’s meeting scheduled for 8:30 in the morning. He said that he normally go to 4:30 or 10, but he decided to go to the 7:30 mass instead.

Coach Young was sitting just a few pews behind an elderly man who started to have heart issues. Young says, “He started to quiver and shake, and he regained his balance. I walked up and around to the front of him and I asked if he was ok. He said ‘I am,’ then he fell over.”

He immediately started CPR by giving compressions to the man’s chest. Father Bill Matheny was leading the mass and is thankful that Young was there. “I mean he was right there. He was right there at the time, and thank goodness he was.”

Other members of the congregation helped out by calling 911 or using the defibrillator until the EMT’s arrived. Father Bill stopped the mass to run over and give a blessing. He says, “It’s wonderful to have people like Mike and the others to be able to help.”

The man was transported to the hospital, and he is alive and ok.

Coach Young says that this is the fourth time he has been in a similar situation where he had to perform CPR. His first couple of times were back in his college days.

Thanks to his vigilant skills from being a football coach and his CPR knowledge, he was able to save this man’s life. Young says, “Seeing Father there gave me a boost of getting that blessing for this man. It all ties together.”

But he doesn’t want to take all the credit. “It was a joint effort. I just happen to be closer to it all. I’m very thankful and blessed that the gentleman is ok, and he’s going to be fine,” Young says. “I thank God that I had the exposure to learning CPR and able to react in a crisis situation in which I do almost every Friday nights anyway with calling plays. So it’s where you have to maintain your cool, and I’m blessed to be able to do that.”

Coach Young says that he hopes everyone gets the chance to learn CPR because it’s such a important skill to learn in order to save someone’s life.

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