Houston ISD Student Helps Save Coach During Heart Attack

Houston, TX — Longtime Chavez High School teacher and coach Robert Myers is grateful to start the new school year after ending up in the hospital late last year.

Coach Myers went into complete cardiac arrest while in class in May. One of his students, Ja’Marcus Pipkins, was stopping by Myers’ class at the time and springing into action. Pipkins helped alert staff and helped Myers get to EMS.

“If Ja’Marcus hadn’t used the walkie-talkie, if he hadn’t made the phone calls, it would have been over for me. I would have died on this floor,” Myers said.

The team at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital in Houston said getting Myers to the hospital quickly was key to his survival.

“I was like, I can’t lose it,” Pipkins said. “This man is very important to me. He is my coach. I love him. He taught me everything I know.”

Myers is a basketball coach and director of the chess program at Chavez. Pipkins plays basketball and is the president of the chess team. The couple have a close relationship that dates back years. In fact, Myers has known Pipkins since fourth grade when Myers coached his older brothers. Both look forward to what this school year will bring as their relationship continues to grow.


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