Hillsboro officers donate $500 to help student's recovery
HILLSBORO, Ore. – About two weeks ago, a 14-year-old Liberty High student collapsed and went into cardiac arrest while he was playing basketball with his friends at lunch.
A school resource officer rushed to his side and started CPR, managing to get Quillen Franklin breathing again before he was taken to the hospital.
"I could tell when I got out there that he had been down for a little while because he was gasping … and I start doing chest compressions on him,” officer Emory Souza said.
Family members said Quillen was put into a medically-induced coma. After more than ten days in the intensive care unit, he’s started a long recovery process that includes several surgeries.
On Wednesday, Ofc. Souza met with Quillen for the first time since his incident took place.
Quillen and his family do not have medical coverage, and they are facing significant medical bills.
To help out with the recovery process Ofc. Souza gave Quillen a $500 check from the Hillsboro Police Officer’s Association to help out with the bills and holiday expenses for the family.
If you would like to help out, they have started an online fundraiser.