SAN DIEGO - A Carmel Valley teenager is being called a hero after he sprang into action and used CPR to save a stranger at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center.
Trevor Brown, 17, explained how it all began on the afternoon of April 10 after tennis practice at Cathedral Catholic High School.
"I was leaving El Pollo Loco and my mom pointed out to me that there's a man lying on the ground," recalled Trevor. "I looked over and I said I could help this guy."
That is when Trevor rushed to the man's side. A woman was doing one-handed compressions and calling 911 on her cell phone. Trevor said he knew that method would not be effective.
"I saw he wasn't breathing and his face was blue and I couldn't find a pulse," he said.
Trevor said paramedics arrived about 3 minutes later.
"They told me they would take it from there and they said that he was going to make it because of my efforts," he said.
Trevor may very well have saved that man's life and he was not just in the right place at the right time. He had the right training.
A couple of weeks earlier, he learned CPR, thanks to a special local program called Athletes Saving Athletes. The program was started last year to equip student athletes with potentially life-saving medical knowledge and techniques like CPR. The original aim was for athletes to help save fellow teammates.
Tara Hall is head athletic trainer at Cathedral Catholic High School. She trained Trevor.
"To be able to translate it into just your everyday life is more than we can ask for of our athletes," she told 10News.
Trevor said the rhythm of the compressions is important. He was taught an interesting way to keep the right count.
"Yeah, 'Stayin' Alive,'" he said, referring to the Bee Gees song. "It's about how many beats you're supposed to do per minute."
Trevor, who is the co-captain of the varsity tennis team, is headed to college this fall. He wants to be a doctor.
"I know I can help people and other people can help people that learn this and they shouldn't be afraid to help," said Trevor. "It's not hard to do the right thing when you know what to do."
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department says the 35-year-old man who was having a heart-related problem is doing just fine.
Athletes Saving Athletes has trained more than 1,000 local students.