The final recipient of the 2018 High School Heroes Award is Connor Murphy of Hopkinton. The High School Heroes initiative was created to recognize and honor local high school lacrosse players who have displayed exemplary character and sportsmanship on and off the field. Each recipient is honored on the field during a Cannons home game.
Connor, an attackman, will be a sophomore at Hopkinton High School this upcoming school year and just wrapped up a successful freshman season. He started the season on Hopkinton’s JV team before earning the callup to the varsity roster. He worked hard during his first high school season and is ready to put in the extra work to receive as much playing time as possible over his final three years.
Connor was one of the hardest working high school players at Hopkinton this past season, but it was his actions off the field that caught eye of the lacrosse community. While spending an evening with his teammates at a team dinner, one of Connor's closest friends, Patrick Barnes, suddenly began choking on his food. Connor immediately jumped to the rescue, performing the Heimlich maneuver on Patrick and, ultimately, saving his life. Connor had learned the maneuver just a week prior in his wellness class, and knew he had to take control of an intense situation.
“I knew something was wrong because of how close we are,” said Connor. “Also, I know that the universal choke signal isn’t something to joke around with.”
Connor successfully performed the maneuver and dislodged a piece of food from Patrick’s throat. He is thankful for learning how to perform the Heimlich despite not ever thinking a situation would arise that would force him to use it.
“I never thought I would use it,” he said. “Medical officials [can] go through their whole careers without using the Heimlich or doing CPR.”
Connor then accompanied Patrick in an ambulance to the hospital, as the latter still felt like something wasn’t right. He was taken to Milford Regional Medical Center, but was transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital where doctors were able to find—and remove—another piece of food caught in Patrick’s throat. Connor sees Patrick as family, which is why he decided to ride with him in the ambulance and stay by his side.
The Cannons presented Connor with his High School Hero Award during Saturday’s game against Ohio, and were proud to recognize a young athlete who has been a true hero in his community.
“I didn’t think any of this was going to happen when I did the Heimlich. I just did it to save my friend,” Connor said. “At the end of the day, I enjoy this, but the most important thing is the action that I did.”
Congratulations Connor from your Boston Cannons!