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A high school student is being called a hero after helping to save a man's life
Schuyler LaRue is in Franklin competing in the state wrestling tournament.
Schuyler came to Middle Tennessee with a mission. He came to win a state title in wrestling.
And although he may not take home a gold medal, he has won the admiration of a lot of people.
The state tournament is the weekend high school wrestlers wait for.
Heritage high school junior Schuyler LaRue is competing in the 182 pound weight class at the Wiliamson County Ag Expo Center.
"Hopefully I can win two more and medal, so we will see how I go," says Schuyler LaRue.
But on Thursday afternoon, a trip to the bathroom changed the course of his state tournament.
The Maryville student saw a 68-year-old man go into cardiac arrest.
"Then he stopped breathing, and lost his pulse, so I started CPR," says LaRue.
Schuyler's lifeguard training kicked in. He put the man in a neutral position on the bathroom floor, and started chest compressions until paramedics arrived.
"It is good I knew what to do, I think it was by God's grace I was put there and used," says LaRue.
We now know the 68-year-old is Ron Bussey from Kingsport.
"He was my high school coach back in 1982," says Wilson Central High School coach John Kramer.
John Kramer is the coach at Wilson Central High School, and says Bussey came to the tournament as a fan.
He says Schuyler saved his friend's life.
In his mind, the 17-year-old is a hero.
"If it wasn't for him starting right away, and then getting the defibrillator that was hanging in the building he wouldn't be around," says Kramer.
Schuyler says it has been challenging to focus on this weekend's tournament.
"I was worried about him, but once I learned he was okay it kind of took a load off my chest," says LaRue.
He says he was fortunate to have helped the man, but adds he's just a wrestler and a student who did his part.
"Not a hero, just do what needs to be done, what was best," says LaRue.
Ron Bussey is back at home in Kingsport.
This story underscores the importance of CPR training.
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Friday, February 15 2013, 10:18 PM CST
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