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Brighton High Cheerleader Honored After Saving Student’s Life

Brighton High cheerleader Kennady Kasteler was honored by Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes for saving the life of Brighton senior Mike Le Fear on Tuesday. (Canyon School District)

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah – Brighton High School cheerleader Kennady Kasteler was honored for saving the life of a fellow student at a recent Junior Jazz game.

Kasteler, 17, was at the game at Eastmont Middle School when she noticed some of her friends were crying on an adjacent basketball court.

People began shouting and asking for help and Kasteler knew someone was in trouble.

That person was Brighton High senior Mike Le Fear, who had stopped breathing while having a seizure.

Kasteler, who is a certified lifeguard, began CPR and Le Fear began breathing again as first responders arrived on scene.

“After it happened, I was sitting in the hall and I was like, I didn’t know what happened,” she said. “It happened so fast.”

Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes presented the award at Tuesday night’s basketball game between Brighton and Highland High.

“She deserves it,” Le Fear said. “I just appreciate her so much. I think everyone should know about what she did. It’s a cool thing, it’s really amazing.”

Le Fear said Kasteler’s actions have also inspired him to learn CPR.

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