MADISON (WKOW) -- Some CPR training that a LaFollette High School sophomore learned in school became a critical tool when his father suffered a heart attack last week.
Madison police say the 16-year-old was in his bedroom when he heard a loud bang in the kitchen. His 45-year-old father, who had been making a sandwich, fell to the ground during a heart attack.
When his son realized he wasn't breathing, he called 911 and began giving his father CPR and chest compressions. Police say the 16-year-old did so for several minutes before a Madison police officer was able to respond and take over.
That responding police officer said the teen's "quick action - in a chaotic and potentially fatal situation - served to prolong his father's life until Madison Fire Rescue paramedics" were on scene.
According to family, the father should be released from the hospital next week and is expected to make a full recovery.
The officer has nominated the son for a Madison Police Department Citizen Recognition Award for saving the life of his father.
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