San Ramon Valley Unified School District trustees and school administrators gave Willis an award at their board meeting Feb. 20. After seeing one of his fellow coaches go into cardiac arrest in the school's gymnasium a few months ago, Willis immediately performed CPR on him.
"He essentially saved his life," said district spokesman Terry Koehne. "This is above and beyond what a teacher normally is called to do."
Koehne said the incident shows the importance of emergency preparedness.