After helping save a life, Daniel Hinely met with AASU President Linda Bleicken.

AASU Athletic Trainer Helps Save A Life

(January 23, 2010) Armstrong Atlantic State head athletic trainer Daniel Hinely's pre-game routine working with the Pirate basketball team is normally just that—routine.

But Wednesday evening's routine on January 20, prior to AASU's Peach Belt Conference games at Lander University, was anything but.

Before the first game between the Pirates and the Bearcats outside of Finis T. Horne Arena, Lander assistant professor Charles Sacoco collapsed in the arena parking lot in front of the AASU team bus. Within seconds, Hinely exited the bus and attended to professor Sacoco. Hinely called 911, alerted the Lander athletic training staff of the situation and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation until the Lander staff could arrive with an automated external defibrillator.

Minutes later, Sacoco was stabilized and transported by Greenwood EMS personnel to a hospital, where he was treated. He is expected to make a full recovery.

In cases like these, the actions of the first responder literally determine whether a situation is life or death—and in Hinely's case, it has fortunately turned into a life-saving response.

Many faculty and staff from Lander University took time after the conclusion of the basketball doubleheader on Wednesday to come out of the stands and thank Hinely for his efforts in helping their colleague in a time of crisis.

Naturally, the Savannah native is hesitant to call attention to himself over his actions on Wednesday, but AASU President Dr. Linda Bleicken was more than willing to do so on his behalf, meeting with Hinely on Friday morning and posing for a picture in Burnett Hall.

"I had the opportunity to talk to Daniel this morning and he is a remarkable young man," AASU President Linda Bleicken said. "This is a marvelous example of how quick action probably saved the life of a beloved professor at Lander."

Hinely has been the head athletic trainer at Armstrong Atlantic State since the 2006-07 athletic year and serves as the treasurer of the Georgia Athletic Trainers' Association (GATA). Counting his undergraduate and graduate studies and his work history, Hinely has had nearly ten years of athletic training experience but this is the first time he has been able to put to use his athletic training skills to help save a life.

"I'm glad that professor Sacoco is on his way to full recovery due to the efforts of not only myself but the entire Lander University athletic training staff and the Greenwood EMS personnel," Hinely said. "You go through so much training for situations like these but never expect to put them in action. I'm just happy to have been able to provide the necessary treatment at the right time."