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Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus honored a 14-year-old from Orange County for using CPR to save his friend’s life.

Neuhaus County Council and Chester City officials joined forces on Wednesday April 14th to honor 14-year-old Chester resident Ty’Shawn James. James rescued his friend, who collapsed playing basketball in Chester, from Life Saving Elementary School. The incident occurred on Saturday, March 27th, 2021.

When his friend went into cardiac arrest and collapsed, James called 911 and the dispatcher, Stewart Matthew, instructed him on how to give his friend CPR. After a few minutes, his friend began to breathe and paramedics arrived at the scene. The young man with congenital heart disease was admitted to Westchester Medical Center for surgery. He is still recovering.

Steve Neuhaus, General Manager of Orange County said:

We pride ourselves on Ty’Shawn’s exploits and the wonderful job our 911 dispatchers do every day. Ty’Shawn is a kind and caring young man and certainly has a bright future ahead of him. We were all touched by this story and grateful that Ty’Shawn’s friend awaits a full recovery

James was able to meet the dispatcher who was helping save his friend’s life on Wednesday night at the Chester city board meeting. Dispatcher Matthew said:

For a kid who calls 911, you couldn’t have asked for a better caller than Ty’Shawn. You could tell from his voice that he was calm and able to follow instructions. I prayed for the family of the boy who collapsed after hanging up and I’m glad it all worked out. I was glad I could talk to Ty’Shawn on the phone

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