Safety & Security: Emergency Response
- Off-Duty Nurse Uses AED to Save LA Fitness Member
by Lulu Ramadan July 2018
Vincent Raaijmakers was minutes from being a number in a harrowing cardiac arrest statistic when he stepped off a treadmill at an LA Fitness gym west of Boca Raton on June 11.
- Police Pursuit Interrupts Race Event
by The Daily News of Los Angeles June 2018
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Meseret Defar of Ethiopia won the women's Synchrony Rock `n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon on Sunday while Titus Ekiru of Kenya upset Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia in the men's race. The elite runners in the half and full marathon had finished long before the race was halted for about 10 minutes and rerouted after a police officer accidentally shot himself in the leg while pursuing a hit-and-run suspect who pointed a weapon at police and was eventually arrested on the roof of a parking structure near the finish line in downtown.
- Citi Field Display Case Catches Fire
by Ivan Pereira May 2018
A small fire broke out inside Citi Field Wednesday afternoon. The FDNY said a display case inside the stadium's rotunda caught fire and spewed smoke into the air around 3:42 p.m. The stadium's sprinkler system turned on and put out the fire, according to the FDNY.
- WiFi Network Leads to Gym Bomb Scare
by Jason Scott April 2018
A Michigan Planet Fitness location was evacuated and closed for several hours on Sunday due to a bomb scare brought on by a suspicious WiFi network name.
- G-League Player Dies After Saturday Collapse
by Jason Scott March 2018
Zeke Upshaw, of the NBA G League’s Grand Rapids Drive, died Monday following his collapse on the court in the waning moments of a game on Saturday night.
- Firefighter, AD Save Ref Having Heart Attack
by Andy Berg March 2018
An off-duty firefighter and the Highland High School (Idaho) athletic director were honored earlier this month by the American Red Cross for saving the life of a basketball referee who was having a heart attack on the court.
- Athletic Trainers Save Two at High School Games
by Andy Berg February 2018
The importance of having competent athletic trainers at games and practices was highlighted by the life-saving work they performed at two separate events last Friday.
Jesuit College Prep student Christian Lerma collapsed during a soccer game against J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson (Tex.). A trainer from J.J. Pearce did CPR and used a defibrillator on Lerma, which saved his life.
Tara Grubbs, the athletic trainer for J.J. Pearce, told Fox 4 that it was one of the scariest moments of her life. Grubbs was able to call for an AED, which she used on Lerma. Lerma was then taken by ambulance to the hospital. Information on what caused Lerma’s collapse was not available but Fox 4 reports that he will have a pacemaker put in on Tuesday.
In White Plains (NY), another athletic trainer came to the rescue when an unnamed high school freshman basketball player went into cardiac arrest after falling awkwardly and hitting his head.
"He landed, and when he landed on his back, he ended up smacking his head into the ground,” athletic trainer Max Anderson told News12.
- UCSB Basketball Weathers Nuclear False Alarm
by Andy Berg January 2018
The University of California-Santa Barbara men’s basketball team got a rude awakening Saturday morning.
- Coach Intervenes to Stop Potential Bus Accident
by Jason Scott January 2018
A women’s college basketball coach is being credited with averting what might have been a tragic accident after taking control of a team bus after its driver lost consciousness.
- LA Fitness Location Closed Due to Flooding
by Courtney Cameron December 2017
An LA Fitness in Portland, Ore., has been closed indefinitely due to flooding from a burst private water line. The three-story club saw flooding and damages to the street-level lobby, locker rooms and children’s center, as well as to a below-ground cardio fitness space.