NFL Coach's Training Kicked in When He Saw Commotion at Hotel Pool - Now He's Being Called 'A True Hero'


You never know when that training you never thought you were going to use might come in handy.

That’s exactly what happened over the weekend, when a 3-year-old boy nearly drowned in the hotel pool at the Encore Las Vegas.

Luckily for that boy and his family, Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris was on site, and had received training on how to use an automatic external defibrillator.

According to a Wednesday Instagram post from Morris’ wife cited by multiple outlets, including ESPN, the boy’s father got him out of the pool and brought him to a lifeguard, but by that time he had no pulse. (The Western Journal has been unable to locate a link to that Instagram post or verify its contents independently.)

Morris saw the lifeguard beginning CPR on the boy and went for the AED immediately.

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“I saw people calling 911 so my first question was, where is the AED?” Morris told ESPN.

“When I got back, we had a doctor on site that was able to start the compressions,” he said.

“I was able to hand the AED to him, get it open for him, put the pads on the child, and he ended up being OK,” Morris said.

Morris said Damar Hamlin’s on-field collapse during a Buffalo Bills game in January had helped raise awareness about the importance of AED’s and training in their use.

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He also cited the case of Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett’s 2-year-old daughter, Arrayah, who drowned in April after apparently falling into the pool at their home, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail.

That incident, too, had raised awareness of the need for lifesaving training, Morris said.

“I’m just thankful I knew what to do,” Raheem Morris said. “You just never know when you’re going to need that stuff.”

Twitter users were quick to praise Morris’ quick action.

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According to Nicole Hamlim’s Instragram post, the young boy stayed in the hospital overnight and was discharged the next day.

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George Upper is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Western Journal and was a weekly co-host of "WJ Live," powered by The Western Journal. He is currently a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. A former U.S. Army special operator, teacher and consultant, he is a lifetime member of the NRA and an active volunteer leader in his church. Born in Foxborough, Massachusetts, he has lived most of his life in central North Carolina.
George Upper, is the former editor-in-chief of The Western Journal and is now a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. He currently serves as the connections pastor at Awestruck Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a former U.S. Army special operator, teacher, manager and consultant. Born in Massachusetts, he graduated from Foxborough High School before joining the Army and spending most of the next three years at Fort Bragg. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English as well as a Master's in Business Administration, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He and his wife life only a short drive from his three children, their spouses and his grandchildren. He is a lifetime member of the NRA and in his spare time he shoots, reads a lot of Lawrence Block and John D. MacDonald, and watches Bruce Campbell movies. He is a fan of individual freedom, Tommy Bahama, fine-point G-2 pens and the Oxford comma.
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