WELDON SPRING, MO (AP) - Quick action by a middle school resource officer and nurse, and the availability of a defibrillator, are credited with saving a seventh-grader whose heart stopped in gym class.
The boy, 13-year-old Austin Redd, collapsed Thursday at Francis Howell Middle School in St. Charles County. He was not breathing and had no pulse when resource officer Ron Neupert arrived.
Neupert, who is also a St. Charles County deputy, began CPR. School nurse Lynn Finnerty used the school's automatic external defibrillator to shock Austin's heart, and he regained consciousness. He is expected to make a full recovery.