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PR's Whiteout to honor 'heart' heroes

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 11:22 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 11:22 a.m. CDT

Prairie Ridge has dubbed today’s 7 p.m. game with McHenry at its “Whiteout” game and will honor three heroes who helped save a life last month.

Wolves boys basketball coach Corky Card, his wife Betsy and senior Alex Koss helped to save custodian Dan Pauling, who had a heart attack on Jan. 11. Pauling was stricken after Prairie Ridge played Huntley and the Cards and Koss, some of the only people remaining in the building, found him.

Koss rushed to get the defibrillator from one end of the gym while the Cards attended to Pauling, who was conscious and responsive, but sweating and breathing hard. Corky Card, a physical education teacher with years of emergency response training, shocked Pauling once, then performed CPR and chest compressions until Pauling was revived.

Paramedics arrived and transported Pauling to Centegra Hospital McHenry. He has not returned to work, but Prairie Ridge athletic director Patti Hie invited Pauling to attend today’s game and thinks he will be there.

“Our National Honor Society has been working with the American Heart Association for the Whiteout game,” Hie said. “We thought this would be the appropriate time to recognize what Corky, Betsy and Alex did. We’ll have a brief ceremony before the game to honor them.”

According to Hie, Pauling, 59, plans on eventually coming back to work at Prairie Ridge, but currently is still recovering.

Hie said colleagues are always joking with Card about misplacing his keys. On that night, he happened to re-enter the gym looking for his keys when he and Betsy found Pauling.

“A lot of things went well at the right time,” Card said a few days following the incident. “You never know where you are going to be, and you never know what’s going to happen. It was important to have that training.”

• Stephen DiBenedetto and Emily Coleman contributed to this report.

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