CANONSBURG, Pa. - A local community honored three heroes Monday night who helped save a teenage boy’s life during a Mother’s Day celebration earlier this year.
Jonathon Ayres was helping at a safety seminar at Kang’s Academy in May when he suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing.
The gym’s instructor, a parent and one of the responding police officers rushed to help and started performing team CPR.
Canonsburg police officer Jonathan Cornell said he was glad he could help and that the story had a happy ending.
“We, as police officers, get calls to several things like this. We try our best, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out the way we hope,” Cornell said. “So, in a situation like this where it actually works out, you know all of your training finally paid off. I can’t ask for anything better than this.”
Ayres spent four days in a coma and was later diagnosed with a rare and often fatal heart condition.
He just celebrated his 16th birthday and hopes to begin training again soon.