Son leans on CPR training to save father’s life

Teen saves his Dad's life. (WDTN Photo/Brooke Moore)
Teen saves his Dad's life. (WDTN Photo/Brooke Moore)

FRANKLIN, Ohio (WDTN) – A teen learns CPR through a school program, and ends up using it to save his father’s life.

17-year-old Paul Watson just finished his junior year at Franklin High School.

He attends the Warren County Career Center, where he’s apart of the criminal justice program.

At 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, the training he received in the program was put to the test.

His father, Greg Watson, suffered a heart attack.

“I heard him kick, like something in the kitchen, and then he was on the floor,” his mother, Donna Walker said.

Walker said she yelled for her son to call 911.

In the minutes following the call, Paul worked to resuscitate his father.

“The doctor said without that five minutes of CPR he would’ve died, or he wouldn’t have come back with the brain function that he has now.”

Greg is still recovering, and has to undergo one more surgical procedure.

He said he’s thankful his son was trained, “I’m just glad he learned his stuff, you know.”

“I’m so proud of my son for you know, saving his dad. I really am, said Walker.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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