What is a hero?

It's not someone who scores touchdowns, hits home runs or dunks a basketball.

It's not someone who takes a knee during the national anthem because they want to make a statement of social injustice.

It's not someone who developes computer software of operating systems to where they make millions and billions of dollars.

No, a hero is someone who puts their life on the line for others or who is the first to respond when someone is in a life-threatening situation.

Covington's athletic trainer Brian Downs and assistant girl’s basketball coach Brandon Studebaker are true heroes for their selfless acts that saved the life of a man in need on December 9, 2017 during a basketball game at Covington High School.

Going back to that fateful - yet life-changing - night, Kerry Freeman entered Covington schools to watch his great nephew Jake Hamilton play in a freshman basketball game against Versailles. Upon passing through the ticket table, Freeman collapsed and was in serious trouble.

In a moment's notice and without hesitation, Studebaker and Downs rushed to give their assistance - administering CPR until the emergency medical services arrived.

The end result, the actions of Studebaker and Downs saved Kerry Freeman's life that night.

"They are my heroes," said Freeman after he returned to the Covington High School gymnasium on Thursday to watch his great niece Lillian Hamilton play in the final regular season game. "They saved my life."

Like all true heroes, Downs and Studebaker don’t like the attention they've received for what they did that night. Seeing Freeman able to attend games to watch his great nephew and great niece compete is reward enough.

Yes, Brian Downs and Brandon Studebaker are true heroes - and Covington is very fortunate to have them in this community.