Teen who helped save man’s life honored at Capitol

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A state senator honored a teenager who helped save a life.

Felix Ortiz, a junior at West High School, pulled over at a car crash on the 600 North on-ramp in Salt Lake City Wednesday.

He got the car before first responders and found a man inside starting to foam at the mouth and turn purple, so he started CPR.

Thursday afternoon Senator Luz Escamilla (D-District 1) presented Felix with a citation honor.

“This individual that was saved happens to be a staff member of the Utah Attorney General’s Office and our good attorney Sean Reyes called me today and convey how grateful we are that Felix was able to be quick and thinking and saving one of the lives of his coworkers. This puts in perspective the great young people,” said Escamilla.

Ortiz said he took CPR courses to be prepared for a moment just like that one.

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