Crusader coach trained, prepared

It was a fun night, a fundraiser event for a friend’s organization, and Darnell Arceneaux was kicking back.

There was live music and the singing was nice. Then the lead singer collapsed on stage. There was commotion. There was panic.

Arceneaux, the head football coach at Saint Louis, had already been trained for this. Coaches are required to know CPR, and he was right there in the middle of it.

“We made sure people moved back and gave her some air, made sure she was breathing. I kept talking to her,” he said. “She came to. She’d just knocked out.”

The singer didn’t require CPR, but Arceneaux checked to be sure she hadn’t hit her head on the ground.

“Her friend told us this happens quite often,” he said.

 Paul Honda, Star-Advertiser


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