Local high school wrestler saves a life at state tournament

Local high school wrestler saves a life at state tournament

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Heritage High School junior Schuyler LaRue performed CPR on a spectator and saved his life. Heritage High School junior Schuyler LaRue performed CPR on a spectator and saved his life.
"I just did what I needed to do, what was right," said LaRue. "I just did what I needed to do, what was right," said LaRue.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

FRANKLIN (WATE) - A local high school wrestler saved a man's life Thursday afternoon at the state tournament.

"He looked like he was stumbling. He ended up passing out and hitting his head and seizing," said Heritage High School junior Schuyler LaRue.

It was a trip to the bathroom before his match that LaRue said put him in just the right place at the right time to help someone in need.

"I realized he was seizing, so we put him in a neutral position. He stopped breathing. We lost the pulse. We needed to start CPR," LaRue said.

He said he learned his life-saving skills last year from a lifeguarding course.

"Eventually someone came and tapped me on the shoulder and told me they were an EMT from the hospital and asked if I wanted them to take over. I let them take over from there," LaRue said.

The victim is reportedly a retired wrestling coach who came to watch another team compete. He is still in the hospital.

"Last I heard, he's talking and doing better. It kind of takes a load off my chest that he's doing good," LaRue said. "God's grace allowed me to be in there and be the person to bring him back. I just did what I needed to do, what was right."

Despite the dramatic events of the week, LaRue has won several matches so far at the state tournament.

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