The East Greenwich School Committee recognized district athletic trainer Tim Crandall, along with two coaches, for their roles in saving the life of EGHS junior Anthony Petrone, who collapsed from an undiagnosed heart condition during Volleyball practice March 31.
Coaches Theresa Garno and Michael Penza were in the gym at the time of the incident. Crandall – who has experience as an EMT – was on the scene almost immediately. He sized up the situation, got one of the school’s two defibrillators and shocked Anthony’s heart back to beating.
A grateful Chris Cobain, the district’s athletic director, presented Crandall, Garno and Penza with watches – noting that the wait for the rescue truck to arrive – only minutes – seemed much, much longer.
Cobain also recalled asking the School Committee a couple years ago to increase Crandall’s work hours, allowing him to be on hand during practice time after school as well as during games – from 20 hours to 30 hours a week. The committee said yes.
“Thanks for that commitment from our School Committee and the understanding of just how important it is,” Cobain said.
After the presentation, Anthony’s grandfather, Bill Daly (a former Fire District Commissioner) lauded the coaches, Cobain, the school department and committee, police and fire, but especially Crandall.
“Without their help and their support, without that AED there … Anthony would not be here today,” said Daly.