(WMC-TV) – A Dyer County Sheriff's Deputy, who happened to be at school for added security, helped save the life of a Northview Middle School boy.
About 5 or 6 other workers from the school, along with the sheriff's deputy, jumped into action grabbed a defibrillator and helped save Nolan Gregory's life.
Gregory, 13, attends Northview Middle School. His principal, Tony Jones, is one of the people that helped save his life.
"This has to be the scariest moment I've ever experienced," said Jones.
Nolan has a heart condition, and on Tuesday he went into Cardiac arrest in this room full of his classmates.
Nolan's uncle Scott Hill can't imagine what might have happened if it wasn't for the people at his nephew's school.
"The school nurse knew he had this genetic disorder and so she really knew what to do," Hill said.
"The thing that scared me the most was just seeing when he started losing that color and we see him not responsive and I said 'this cannot be happening'," Jones explained.
Dyer County Sheriff's Deputy Heath Walker happened to be at the school for extra security after last week's tragic mass shooting in Connecticut. Both he and Jones administered CPR to Nolan, while the school's nurse and several other staffers used their training to work the defibrillator.
"If it wasn't for those folks and the fact that they recently had AED installed in the school Nolan might not be here today," said Hill.
"I found out a lot about my staff yesterday in a crisis situation, I'll tell you a lot of teachers really stepped up," stated Jones.
Nolan is recovering at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital where doctors are working hard to get the teenager home.
"Words can't describe the thanks that we have to give everybody that saved Nolan's life," Hill said.
Jones says it's nothing short of a Christmas miracle.
"One of the best gifts I'll receive is knowing Nolan is OK," said Jones.
While Nolan still has a couple of surgeries left his principal and teachers hope to see him back here at school after the break.