Hillsboro officer saves student’s life with CPR

The student remains in the hospital

SRO Emory Souza with the device he used to shock the 14-year-old student Monday afternoon. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A school resource officer with the Hillsboro Police Department helped save a 14-year-old student’s life at Liberty High School Monday afternoon.

Officer Emory Souza was supervising lunch around noon on Nov. 20, when he heard a young man had collapsed and not breathing well.

Souza ran to the student patio area where he found 14-year-old Quillen Franklin extremely pale. The boy, known as a good athlete, appeared to be fading before his eyes.

An undated photo of 14-year-old Quillen Franklin, a Liberty High School student who had a medical emergency at school on Nov. 20. (Courtesy of Megan Nissley)
An undated photo of 14-year-old Quillen Franklin, a Liberty High School student who had a medical emergency at school on Nov. 20. (Courtesy of Megan Nissley)

“I yell, ‘get me an AED, I need an AED,'” Souza told KOIN 6 News. “He is extremely pale, he is not breathing very well. What I consider his last gasps, something I never witnessed before.”

Souza began chest compressions and said he had to shock Quillen once with the automated external defibrillator, using the device for the first time in his 23-year career.

“I never had to think, ‘Am I going to remember what I learned?’ It just all kicked in,” Souza said.

According to Souza, he performed CPR for 3 to 4 minutes before a medical team showed up and took over from there. Quillen had to be shocked several more times by EMS.

Quillen was transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital and spent an hour there before LifeFlight took him to Randall Children’s Hospital.

Doctors placed the teen in a medically-induced coma, however, the teen’s father told Souza they had plans to take him off the medication keeping him in the coma late Thursday afternoon.

While Souza didn’t know the teen prior to Monday’s incident, he said all of the kids at the school are “his kids.”

“These are my kids and I tell myself every day when I put this uniform on for the last 10 years, ‘Not today, no one is going to hurt my kids today,'” Souza said.

There is  GoFundMe page set up to help Quillen’s family with medical expenses.