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Eagle Scouts Save Neighbors Life

An East Texas man's life hangs in the balance and it's up to two Eagle Scouts to save him. We spoke with the young men who used their scouting skills in this medical emergency.

"I was backing out, going to get some dinner and I saw 'Wiggins' their little dog. That dog was jumping around barking. I thought that was not right. So, I went over there and I saw Mr. Burke and I ran over to his side and I checked his pulse," Casey Jasper.

"He did have a pulse but was bleeding and I called 911," says Ryan Jasper.

Until EMS could get there, it was up to the Jaspers' to save the life of their neighbor, Arthur Burke.

"He just lost his pulse and we had to start CPR. My dad started doing compressions on him and I started giving him breathes," says Ryan.

Arthur was going into cardiac arrest. But thanks to quick thinking and action; Today, he does not have any heart or brain damage as a result of that attack.

"I know that if it weren't for the friends that I have here, the Jaspers, I probably would not be alive because the boys Casey and Ryan were the first on the scene. And also the dog "Wiggins," says Arthur.

Ryan says his instincts, and former CPR training just took over...

"I never even thought that I would remember it until that happened and it just kind of, you just react," says Ryan.

"I feel blessed in many ways to that I have the opportunity to experience the gift of life they gave me and I will thank them forever," says Arthur.

Both Casey and Ryan have been nominated to get an award from the Boy Scouts of America for their quick response.

Karolyn Davis, reporting. kdavis@kltv.com

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