Glen Peyton Aved With Help Of AED

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Calhoun Teacher And IHSA Official On Mend

Glen Peyton in his St. Louis area hospital bed.
Glen Peyton in his St. Louis area hospital bed.

HARDIN - An Automatic External Defibrillator saved the life of a Calhoun County man on Friday night.

The Calhoun-Carrollton junior varsity boys game was stopped Friday when Glen Peyton, a Calhoun history teacher and IHSA official, collapsed on the court.

Glen Peyton is surrounded by people that rendered assistance and used an AED to revive him on the Calhoun gym floor after an apparent heart attack.
Glen Peyton is surrounded by people that rendered assistance and used an AED to revive him on the Calhoun gym floor after an apparent heart attack.



An AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) within the school was brought to the gymnasium and used on Peyton and brought him to life.  Later, Peyton was transported by helicopter to St. Louis for further treatment, which included a heart procedure.

Calhoun Teacher And IHSA Official On Mend



Calhoun Superintendent Kate Sievers said Peyton is doing much better after the medical procedure that restored blood flow to his heart. She confirmed he had a heart attack. 

She said Peyton is very well thought of in Calhoun and “loved” by the students. All are anxious for him to recover from this incident, she said.

Sievers said she hopes now after this incident there will be a push to provide AEDs at other public facilities in Calhoun. She stresses the AEDs are the difference between life and death in situations like the one on Friday. She added that Calhoun Elementary/Junior High also has an AED. Both AEDs in the schools are 10-20 yards from the gymnasiums, she said.

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