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Security officer, deputy save high school student who collapsed in gym

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A local high school student who collapsed in a school gym is alive thanks to quick actions by a deputy and a security officer.

For 26 years, Joe Reed has kept students safe as the security officer at Columbia River High School.

On Wednesday, Reed helped save one of those student's lives.

"We get a call that a kid went down in the gym," said Reed.

A 16-year-old collapsed after running wind sprints in a gym. Reed and the school resource officer, Clark County Deputy Albin Boyse, ran to the gym.

When they arrived to the gym, the boy was leaning against the wall, not breathing and had no pulse.

Deputy Boyse started giving the boy chest compressions then a coach brought in an AED. While Deputy Boyse started prepping the machine, Reed took over CPR. 

Reed said while he was administering CPR, seconds felt like minutes.

"There's nothing, just seemed like a normal mannequin that you're practicing on," said Reed. "It's just the most amazing peace, all of the sudden I felt this kid's heart light up under my hands."

The AED told them no shock was required. Deputy Boyse and Reed took turns applying chest compressions until paramedics arrived.

Hospital staff later confirmed the quick response and CPR at the school was instrumental in the boy's recovery.

"This kid is an amazing young man. Kids really like him and a lot of his friends are coming up, telling me thanks. Pretty amazing."

Reed said it was a team effort from all school staff and first responders that saved this student along with CPR training through the district.

Reed urges everyone to learn the life saving technique and workplaces to provide AEDs.

"You never know when you get put into that dynamic situation, that you can make a difference. It's like, all of us can make a difference but sometimes we have to take an opportunity to go get ourselves trained and prepared, just in case."

Columbia River High School sent out a statement on behalf of the student's parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Helt feel extraordinarily thankful that everyone involved at the school reacted so quickly. They credited everyone for working very well together in administering CPR. Above all else, they give all due credit to Deputy Boyse and Mr. Reed for saving their son's life. They are also grateful to everyone else who was there and assisted in various ways. The doctors have credited the quick action by other as instrumental in saving their son's life.

The boy is now recovering at the hospital, and doctors are still trying to identify the source of the problem.

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