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Sep 8, 2019 4:07 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Rocky Point Student-Athlete Airlifted From Westhampton Beach High School After Suffering Injury

A Rocky Point student-athlete was airlifted from the practice field at Westhampton Beach High School after suffering an injury on Saturday morning. JOHN NEELY/WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT
Sep 10, 2019 2:10 PM

A student-athlete of the Rocky Point junior varsity football team was airlifted by Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital after suffering an injury during a scrimmage at host Westhampton Beach High School on Saturday morning.

At around 10 a.m., the helicopter landed on the grass practice field just beyond the varsity turf field at Westhampton Beach. Due to HIPAA laws, Westhampton Beach Athletic Director Kathy Masterson could not state the nature of the injury, but said the airlift was done as a precautionary measure.

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department, Westhampton Beach War Memorial Ambulance and Westhampton Beach Village Police Department all responded to the scene to assist Westhampton Beach trainer Scott Leogrande and Dr. John O’Connor, a doctor within the district who happened to be on location at the time of the injury.

A varsity boys soccer game between host Westhampton Beach and Bayport/Blue Point was delayed due to the airlift. Players, coaches and spectators were asked to move to a safe location with the helicopter making a landing close by.

Ms. Masterson said it’s a situation that her district practices often and it was executed flawlessly.

“This is something we practice all the time, and you hope you never have to use it, but it’s in place for a reason,” Ms. Masterson said. “A decision was made by the doctor, the EMTs — all the emergency personnel on hand — for the safest outcome of that student-athlete, and the young man’s parents were right there and they aided in that decision as well. Whenever you’re talking about an injury, you’re worried about the nature of that injury, and you want to be safe and do what’s best for the student-athlete.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our staff. Scott Leogrande, our trainer and one of the best around, went above and beyond, as did everyone else who was there,” she added. “I’m thankful for everyone there, and most importantly, the player looks to have a good bill of health.”

Rocky Point Athletic Director Charlie DeLargy confirmed that the player was in good health and, in fact, returned to school on Monday. He reiterated Ms. Masterson’s point that everyone on hand on Saturday did an excellent job.

“The athletic trainer for Westhampton was excellent. The coaches from both teams were great. They followed everything we do in an emergency situation to perfection, and because of that, we’re very fortunate that everything worked out well,” he said. “And communication with Kathy was excellent. We’re close friends, but we all practice situations like this all the time and everything went well.”

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Wish him well. Well done by staff and all who responded, good job people...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Sep 8, 19 4:33 PM
Sending positive thoughts and best wishes for a full recovery.
By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Sep 8, 19 5:02 PM
Westhampton Ambulance works closely with the trainers, coaches and staff at the high school to be as prepared for events like this as possible. Best wishes to the injured athlete for a positive outcome and a quick and complete recovery=Rey.
By Michael Jacobs (14), Westhampton Beach on Sep 8, 19 8:03 PM