A Tecumseh student’s life-changing experience

A Lafayette eighth-grader could have died last week if it wasn't for the rapid response from students and staff at Tecumseh Jr. High School.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A Lafayette eighth-grader could have died last week if it wasn’t for the rapid response from students and staff at Tecumseh Jr. High School.

When Tyler Jackson collapsed during a game of basketball, his friends quickly jumped into action. If it wasn’t for their quick thinking, doctors say Jackson would have died.

“I was scared, I didn’t want anything bad to happen to him,” said Lucas Leap, Jackson’s friend.

Last Friday, Leap and a group of friends were playing basketball during lunch. Suddenly, he saw Jackson collapse.

“Everything was rushing through my head and stuff, and I didn’t know what to do,” he said. “I just calmed down and then helped him.”

Leap quickly got the attention of Lafayette Police Officer Ric Murphy, who was nearby.

Murphy said he found Jackson collapsed face first on the gym floor.

“It’s not uncommon for the kids to be playing basketball, somebody goes down with a knee or ankle, little problem and they check it out. Feel they’re OK in a couple minutes, and they’re back to playing,” Murphy said.

But this was not the case with Jackson, his heart had stopped beating.

Murphy called for help.

“Fortunately, we had the people here and the equipment here to help save his life,” said Murphy.

The nurse used an AED located in the gym to revive Jackson. He was then taken to the hospital and airlifted to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis where he remains.

On Monday, he received a special visitor.

“He looked good, he just kept telling me thanks,” said Murphy. “I think he repeats a lot of stuff though, it’s nice to see him though.”

Leap and Murphy say they worried about Jackson all weekend, but both are glad they were there to help.

“I got a chance to do some Facetiming with him after school started this morning and wished him well, told him I’ll be saying prayers for him,” said Leap.

Jackson went into surgery around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Jackson’s mother says thanks to the actions of students and staff, she prepared her son for surgery and not a funeral.