November 17, 2009
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
A team of Shawnee State Security Guards and Golden Bears
performed life-saving techniques on Golden Bear James
Adkins on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the James A. Rhodes
Athletic Center in the Cardio Room when he had a heart
attack and fell. In the photo, from left, are Officer
Bernard Cooper, Senior Sgt. Lisa Rhoden, Adkins, Golden
Bear John Koustmer, Golden Bear Gary Callihan and
Officer Matt Scott. Not shown is Officer Brian Yerardi,
Golden Bear Jackie Murphy and SSU custodian Meredith
Shawnee State University Golden Bear saved from near death
On Wednesday, Oct. 21 about 7:45 a.m., Shawnee State
University Golden Bear James Adkins was assisting another
Golden Bear Lou Bowman onto a treadmill in the Cardio Room
of the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center when he collapsed
striking his head during the fall.
Golden Bear Gary Callihan ran to assist Adkins and removed
him from the treadmill and laid him on his back on the
floor. During this time, Golden Bear Jackie Murphy contacted
911 and SSU custodian Meredith Glaze contacted SSU Security
by radio and reported the incident. All security officers
were advised to respond to the Cardio Room.
In the meantime, Callihan administered nitro glycerin in his
efforts to revive Adkins and Golden Bear John Koustmer began
to perform chest compressions. Officer Brian Yerardi arrived
at the scene with an Automated External Defibrillator and he
began to perform CPR.
Senior Sgt. Lisa Rhoden and Officers Matt Scott and Bernard
Cooper arrived at the scene and Officer Yerardi continued to
perform CPR as Rhoden and Scott placed the AED pads on
After the AED analyzed Adkins, shock was administered and
then more CPR. No pulse or breathing was found at this time.
Another round of chest compressions and breathing continued
after two minutes of CPR, the AED once again analyzed Adkins
and advised to shock and perform CPR, both chest
compressions and breathing.
Adkins was shocked again. The AED advised to perform CPR
again. Officer Cooper began chest compressions and Sgt.
Rhoden continued breathing techniques on Adkins.
All of these life-saving techniques happened within a few
minutes after Adkins had fallen and with the team working on
him, he was breathing on his own again. Life Ambulance
arrived and he was transported from campus.
“I feel that the life saving efforts of all of these
individuals should be recognized,” said Robert Pratt, chief
of Security at SSU. “Because of their quick actions,
response and training, Mr. Adkins was revived and
transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center for immediate
Adkins was later taken to Grant Hospital in Columbus where
he has undergone treatment for his heart and surgery to
repair facial injuries.