Teen Saves Man’s Life After He Collapses
MILWAUKIE, Or. — An Oregon man is on the mend thanks to an observant teen. The teen was riding in the car with his family when he noticed a man lying next to a lawn mower.
Gabe Shallouf says the scene just caught his attention.
“I look over my shoulder and see a guy lying next to his lawn mower,” Shallouf said. “And then, I thought he was asleep. And then, I thought that’s kind of stupid.”
The 19-year-old thought the man was dead which prompted him to use the CPR training he learned in the Navy a year ago.
“It just kind of kicks in. You never think about it,” he said. “It kicks in. The training’s pretty good.”
For almost ten minutes, he performed chest compressions until paramedics arrived.
“It seemed to me like he died on me a couple times,” he said.
The man the teen saved is 76-year-old Jim Alexander. His wife said he just had an angioplasty about two months ago. It’s uncertain why he collapsed while mowing his yard.
It’s a good thing that Alexander was in a spot where he could be seen. You can’t see most of the property from the street because it’s shielded by a lot of trees and people usually drive by at 35 miles-an-hour.