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Jan 14, 2013 12:07 PM by Faye DeHoff

Tucson teen recognized for saving life

TUCSON - A life-saving teen who learned Chest-Compression-Only CPR as a girl scout will be recognized today by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild.

Erika Yee, a junior at University High School, saved her band mate's life with Chest-Compression-Only CPR. On Oct. 15, 2012, band practice had ended and Erika and her sectional mates were eating dinner at school when band mate Chris Miller suddenly collapsed on the floor.

Erika responded to calls for help, took charge and began administering Chest-Compression-Only CPR, which she had learned as a junior in Girl Scouts at Camp Fury. Thanks to Erika's quick thinking and action, Chris survived the cardiac incident and has made a remarkable recovery.

Camp Fury is an annual firefighting camp put on by the Girl Scouts, Northwest Fire Department and Tucson Fire Department. Melissa Ludgate taught Erika Chest-Compression-Only CPR at Camp Fury. She is now a medical student at the University of Arizona and continues to volunteer, teaching Tucsonans how to do Chest-Compression-Only CPR.

Erika will be presented a plaque Monday afternoon in the Mayor's office. Chris Miller, whose life she saved, will also be there.

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