High school student and campus cop credited with saving 95-year-old driver’s life in crash – NBC Los Angeles
A local high school student and a campus officer are called heroes for saving the life of a 95-year-old man.
The victim suffered a medical emergency that led him to crash his car in Rancho Cucamonga on September 16.
“I was walking out into the alley, I heard a loud noise,” said Bodie Chapman, a 15-year-old sophomore at Alta Loma High School. “The guy passed out and his foot was on the accelerator.”
The driver of a red Toyota Corolla had a medical emergency which knocked him unconscious on Baseline Road. His car collided with another before stopping on the sidewalk near the school.
“His foot was still on the gas pedal to crank the engine,” said Corey Richardson, a campus officer.
After running to the scene, Richardson saw that the man was unresponsive. So he went to an embankment and grabbed a rock to smash the passenger side window.
“I walked through it, unlocked it, and then we took it out,” Bodie said.
Richardson said the man had no response, no pulse.
“We looked at each other and said we need to start CPR,” he said.
For about seven minutes, Bodie, Richardson and three parents administered CPR to the victim until paramedics arrived. “
They used a defibrillator to make his heart beat.
From the hospital, the victim sent Richardson and Bodie a message of thanks.
Richardson attributes his response to the emergency to the training he received from the Chaffey Joint Union High School District.
Bodie says his reaction to the moment of life or death must be instinctive as his father and brother are both firefighters.
Bodie is thrilled to have helped save someone’s life.
“It was really cool which made my day so much better,” he said with a smile.