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Two honored for saving life of teen who collapsed during workout

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

On Saturday, fire fighters, public officials and citizens gathered for the Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services Award Banquet.

"This a chance to honor people from the community who have done heroic things," explains Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Ed Davis. "We want to make sure they are recognized for what they have done."

Those recognized included a athletic trainer and a nurse. Both helped save Ben Highland's life.

"I'm lucky," explains Ben Highland, 14. "I am lucky to be alive, I'm lucky to have had Jenni and Vicky there to help me. I'm grateful for them."

Highland went into cardiac arrest while working out with the Lafayette High School baseball team in early February. Athletic trainer Jenni Williams performed CPR and used a defibrillator on Highland while waiting for paramedics.

"I'm just glad everything went as smoothly as it did and that Ben is here," explains Williams. "You never want to have that situation, but I'm so glad it ended the way it did."

There was a standing ovation for Williams and a nurse who helped her as they accepted their awards.

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