Feb. 25, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State assistant athletic trainer Mike Williams and men's basketball player Danny Berger were both recognized and honored by the Utah State Legislature Monday as Senator Lyle Hillyard presented them to the Senate Floor and Representative Jack Draxler presented them to the House Floor.
During their visit, Williams was also awarded the Heartsaver Hero Award by the American Heart Association as he began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and used an automated external defibrillator (AED) on Berger after he collapsed unexpectedly during a USU men's basketball practice on Dec. 4, 2012.
After Berger's pulse and heartbeat were restored, he was taken to Logan Regional Hospital and stabilized before being transferred to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray where he was released four days later on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Also during Monday's legislative session, House Bill 118 passed the House of Representatives, creating a restricted account of $300,000 for the purchase of AED's to any municipal, county or state department of safety/law enforcement that routinely responds to incidents or potential incidents of sudden cardiac arrest; any school that offers instruction to grades 7th through 12th; and any state institution of higher education.
Williams, who has been an athletic trainer with Utah State University since 1999, also worked for Intermountain Health Care in Logan as an athletic trainer and served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Idaho Stampede of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).
Williams began his athletic training career at Utah State University where he received his bachelor's degree in exercise science in 1996. He then attended graduate school at the University of Idaho and graduated with a master's of science degree in sports administration in 1997.
Berger, a 6-6 guard from Medford, Ore., started the first five games of the 2012-13 season and was averaging 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, while shooting 40.0 percent from the field (12-30), 25.0 percent from three-point range (4-16) and 83.3 percent at the free throw line (10-12) at the time of his accident. He started 25 of 31 games during his first year at USU during the 2011-12 season.
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