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Houser honored for heroic act

Tennis coach helped save life with CPR

By Paul Danzer, Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter
Published: September 12, 2016, 9:15pm

Matt Houser of Vancouver was honored by the Pacific Northwest chapter of the United States Tennis Association as its Assistant Pro of the Year for 2015.

Now a coach at Evergreen Tennis in Camas, Houser was honored in part for helping to save the life of a racquetball player at Vancouver Tennis Center in March of 2015.

Houser performed CPR on a man who collapsed and who had no detectable heartbeat. After about five minutes of CPR, the man regained consciousness and started breathing, Houser said.

“I just reacted,” Houser recalled. “Every second matters in those situations.”

Houser graduated from Evergreen High School in 2007. After playing four years of tennis for the Plainsmen, he played college tennis at Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

He said he is planning to take another CPR class soon to keep his skills sharp.

Also in 2015, Houser achieved his Elite Tennis Professional Certification through the United States Tennis Professionals Association.

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