Teen saves lives after medical emergency at Central Point intersection

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – A 16-year-old is being recognized for potentially saving multiple lives at a busy intersection in Central Point Wednesday.

According to the Central Point Police Department, Tayen’s grandmother was driving west on Biddle Road around 3:14 p.m. when she suffered a medical emergency.

With the car still moving and his grandmother unconscious, Tayven decided to press on the brake and steer the car away from traffic in the intersection.  He then performed CPR while waving down passing cars who helped call 911.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy presented Tayven with a coin to commend his action under intense pressure.

Police say Tayven’s grandmother is in a local hospital in stable condition.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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