Hollywood to honor local coach and athletes for heroic actions
The City of Hollywood Mayor and Commissioners will recognize the heroic actions of four Hollywood Hills High School football players and the school’s head football coach during the regularly scheduled City Commission meeting September 2, 2009 to be held at Hollywood City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Room 219. The presentation is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
On July 12, 2009, Coach Scott Barnwell and four of his players, Alvin Arnold, Jared Maldonado, Clarence Murphy and Anthony Yerou, were returning from a football tournament in Tampa when they saw an SUV overturned in a canal along U.S. 27 near Clewiston. The coach and players stopped to offer their assistance and ended-up playing a critical role in freeing a Flagler Beach couple and their 2 year-old granddaughter who were trapped in the wreckage. The players, led by senior Clarence Murphy, worked to remove a door from the vehicle to reach the grandmother and child. Another player, Jared Maldonado, used CPR he’d learned as a freshman to revive the grandmother who was not breathing when she was pulled from the vehicle. The group later learned she died at the hospital from her injuries.
The heroic actions of the players and their coach will be recognized by Mayor Peter Bober who will present the group with an Award of Valor for their bravery and selflessness in coming to the aid of the accident victims.
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