Tallmadge High School athletic trainer Laurie Regallis received the "Special Consideration" award from the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association May 18.

The award was given to seven athletic trainers in Ohio for their work during the 2018-19 school year.

Regallis, a certified athletic trainer, was involved in a life-saving event involving a volleyball player that took place last fall at Tallmadge High School.

"Since athletic trainers are taught to handle and immediately assess emergency and non-emergency sport related injuries, accidents, or situations, I found that I was able to remain calm throughout that extremely stressful time," Regallis said.

"I was shocked to see that I was nominated and even considered for this because to me, I was just doing my job and doing what I have been trained to do

"For years, we as athletic trainers, go through the CPR/first-aid training hoping that we will never have to use it. Unfortunately, I was put into a situation where I had to apply the information I had learned and am forever thankful I had CPR training."

Persons eligible for the Special Consideration awards must have performed exceptional service in promoting the objective of the OATA.

The nominees should be well-respected members of his/her community(i.e. volunteer, civic organizations, church and school). The nominees also were involved in a life-saving or humanitarian events.