Fritz Minges coaches young boys on the Brighton Lacrosse Club Team. It's the same team 12 year old Tyler Kopp played for. The Brighton Middle School student died after being hit in the chest by a ball during a lacrosse game last February, "everybody really wants to make sure that we go through training and if that should happen again that we're ready to deal with that," explained Minges.
Wednesday night's CPR and AED training class was made possible by the Tyler Kopp Fund, " with us continuing on in Tyler's memory trying to make this better for the next kid should this happen is something that really does help to ease the pain and try to focus the energies from grief to prevention," explained Jeanne Delsigore, a parent of a lacrosse player.
Nationwide 14 lacrosse players, including Tyler, hav suffered Commotio Sordis after being hit in the chest by a ball. Seven survived only thanks to quick action with an AED, "they're able to start care prior to the arrival of EMS and able to defribulate," explained Schindler, "having the highest chance of survival by defribulation are in the first three minutes of cardiac arrest."
If another player should suffer from Commotio Cordis on the field the hope is they'll survive.
AED and CPR training costs about $35.