Video: Fla. deputy uses CPR to save student's life

The school resource deputy jumped into action when a student collapsed during lunchtime

By Suzie Ziegler 

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Deputy Pedro Colon is being hailed a hero after officials released video of him performing life-saving CPR in a crowded school cafeteria. 

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, a student was suffering a medical emergency Oct. 12 when the school resource deputy jumped into action. 

Deputy Pedro Colon and the student he saved, David Nieves, pose for a photo.
Deputy Pedro Colon and the student he saved, David Nieves, pose for a photo. (Photo/Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)

The deputy’s bodycam video shows him performing CPR on an unresponsive student. After several minutes, the student becomes alert and sits up. 

Medics later arrived and took the student to a hospital, the agency said. 

"Deputy Colon's quick call to action was heroic and had it not been for his efforts, we might be looking at a very different situation today," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "This incident goes to show the importance of the CPR training all of our deputies receive. It's a prime example of being ready to serve when called upon. I want to thank Deputy Colon for giving this student a second chance at life." 

This is Colon’s first year as an SRD at Strawberry Crest High School, according to the agency. Prior to that he worked as an SRD at another high school for 11 years. 


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