ROUND ROCK (KXAN) — Remember thinking in high school, “when will I ever use this?”
For two Round Rock High students who learned CPR, the answer came last week when they found themselves needing to help keep a man alive.
Juniors Tyler Ludeman and Nick Goodrum said they were outside Goodrum’s home on Martin Luther King Day when a man came running up to them frantically asking for help and for Goodrum’s address.
The two friends learned a 57-year-old man had collapsed on a neighborhood trail just feet from where they were. Ludeman raced to help the man, while Goodrum started talking with a 911 dispatcher.
“He was lying on the ground unresponsive, and we couldn’t feel a pulse,” Goodrum said. “I think we lost his pulse like twice.”
“He took a big gasp of air after about 30 seconds, and like every 30 seconds he’d take a big gasp, but he wasn’t conscious at all,” Ludeman said.
Once paramedics arrived, they took the man to the hospital, where they were able to keep him alive. Days later those paramedics and firefighters returned to the scene. They came to thank the boys for their help.
“You made a difference in somebody’s life,” said Round Rock Fire Battalion Chief Lewis King. “Not only to him, his wife, did you know he has two daughters? You made a difference in their lives.”
King presented the boys with challenge coins, an honor the department typically reserves for heroic firefighters. “Thank y’all for being a part of saving a man’s life,” King said.
At the end of last school year the friends first learned they needed to take CPR in order to get their school parking permits. At the time they were both annoyed.
“Honestly we really didn’t take it that seriously, because we never thought we’d use it, but now we’re really glad we did take it,” Goodrum said.
Round Rock leaders plan to formally thank and recognize the teenagers at their next city council meeting.
The man they helped suffered from sudden cardiac arrest and is now recovering at home.
KXAN’s Sydney Benter explains how to perform CPR in this video.