TEWKSBURY - The Tewksbury Memorial High School and local athletic communities are earnestly pulling for Tewksbury athletic director Brian Hickey to rally from a sudden and serious medical condition.
On Monday, Hickey collapsed while leaving a Tewksbury High boys' varsity lacrosse game versus Dracut at the John W. Wynn Middle School. Tewksbury High football coach Brian Aylward was walking beside Hickey toward the parking lot when Hickey collapsed.
Aylward said immediate life-saving responses by one Dracut parent and two Tewksbury parents, all of them medical professionals who saw Hickey collapse, gave Hickey a fighting chance.
"They tried to keep him going until the EMT's got there," said Aylward. "I'm thankful for their efforts. Hick is like a brother to me."
Hickey was rushed to Lowell General Hospital Saints Campus and later transported to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, where his wife Maggie is a nurse. On Tuesday afternoon, Hickey was listed in "serious" condition.
"I do know a bystander administered life-sustaining efforts prior to our crew's arrival," said Tewksbury Fire Chief Michael Hazel. "Our crew spoke to people at the scene. (Hickey) was unresponsive on the ground and bystanders were administering CPR when the engine company arrived."
Hazel said it "obviously was a good thing having a bystander so proficient in administering CPR. That is best for the survivability of the patient." On a personal note, Hazel called Hickey a "valued member of the community."
Hickey, 58, was appointed Tewksbury's athletic director in 2007, succeeding Bob Aylward. Before that he was a coach in town for 16 years after previously coaching in Medford and Malden.
"Everyone is putting out many positive thoughts for Brian and saying a prayer for Brian to have a full recovery and be back at Tewksbury High very soon," said high school principal Brenda Theriault-Regan.