Buffalo Bills Training Staff Honored In Front of the Country
January 2nd, 2023 was a day that not only Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals fans won't forget, but the entire sports world. You can even go so far as to say that everyone period, won't forget that night.
Midway through the first quarter, Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins was tackled by Bills safety Damar Hamlin near midfield. After Hamlin briefly got up, he collapsed on the field at Paycor Stadium and had to be administered CPR on the field, after going into cardiac arrest.
Hamlin's heartbeat was restored quickly on the field, as the Bills training staff and doctors worked to save his life.
The game was eventually postponed and then cancelled, as we didn't know whether or not Hamlin would pull through and what condition he would be in once he woke up. After a few days at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Hamlin was discharged and is now back on the football field.
Last night at the ESPY's (sports awards show), Hamlin was brought out on stage to present the Pat Tillman Award to the entire Bills training staff, who helped save his life on Monday Night Football.
Denny Kellington was the member of the Bills staff who administered CPR to Hamlin.
Hamlin's situation has allowed a heightened importance for defibrillators on the field of play at all sporting events, along with the importance of as many people as possible knowing how to administer CPR.
That was the most emotional moment at last night's ESPY's, as it should have been. The people who helped save Hamlin's life, along with the men and women who save other people's lives in a medical emergency, are real-life heroes.