Two middle schoolers save friend's life

FINLEY, Wash. -- A pair of Finley middle schoolers rescued a friend who had collapsed near an entrance to the school.

The student was suffering from a serious heart condition. The boys' quick action helped get their friend the help he desperately needed and a mom is forever grateful.

Tyler Houchin and Deven Taggart are your typical 14-year-olds. They play sports and have no problem making friends. One of those friends tested their nerve on Monday morning.

"He came out walking through the door, and he was gripping his chest," Tyler said.

Friend Brandon Vasquez went to the wall and fell to the ground.

"I asked him what was wrong, and he said that he couldn't breathe," Deven explained.

That's when Brandon began fading out.

They picked him up and carried the middle schooler about 50 yards to the office. It's important to note that Brandon may be in eighth grade, but he's already 6-foot-2.

"We pulled him up off the ground, grabbed his arms and took him around the corner," the boys said.

Brandon was rushed to the ER. His mom got the call as she got home from dropping him off.

"His heartbeats was about 34 to 42 a minute, which is critically low," Rita Vasquez says.

It was an undetected heart problem. A valve wasn't closing all the way.

Rita is forever grateful.

"It's a very brave act of selflessness," she added.

"I was just too scared. I didn't know what was going on. And I normally don't get scared from stuff like that," Brandon said.

Tyler and Deven are glad they were there when a loyal friend needed them most.

"Whenever there's something wrong with me, I know he always tries to see what's wrong," said Deven.

"It just makes me feel good to know that what we did helped him out," Tyler said.

Brandon spent a day and a half in the hospital. He'll need more tests done for the heart problem he didn't know he had.

"I know that my friends will always have my back. They always have and they always will," Brandon says.

Brandon was set to head up to Spokane Tuesday afternoon to see a specialist.

School administrators say they are proud of the courageous action by Tyler and Deven.

The middle school has about 250 students.