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USF lifesaver will share story with the country


By RYAN T. BOYD (Bradenton Herald)

When South Florida standout softball pitcher Cristi Ecks collapsed during practice on April 1 and required an automated external defibrillator to restart her heart, Kelly Cox, the Bulls' athletic trainer, didn't think twice about administering the procedure and saving a life.

She was just doing her job.

Now, Cox will tell her story to millions as she's been selected to appear on an American Red Cross testimonial video for the organization's "Changing Lives" campaign, according to a USF news release.

"As certified athletic trainers, we're very fortunate to have the training from organizations like the American Red Cross," Cox said in the news release. "I agreed to do this video because I believe that there can't ever be enough awareness of the significance of CPR training."

Via video, Cox's story will be played for audiences at American Red Cross Seminars to support the organization's continual support of health and safety awareness.

The effort and quick work of Cox and USF's athletic training staff in saving Ecks life helped them receive the "Hero Pin" award from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association.

"We were just doing our job, and what we were trained to do," Cox said in the news release. "Everything that comes after that is just confirmation that we have to continue to train for the well-being of our student athletes."



The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers and guided by the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, that provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.