West Mesa athletes called ‘lifesavers’ after helping woman in need

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Two West Mesa High School students are being called lifesavers. It’s what they did for a woman before school that has the school district praising them.

These 15-year-old young men are getting a lot of attention for helping a woman in need. Elio Luna and Andy Chavez, sophomores and varsity soccer players at West Mesa, stopped at a gas station on Coors and Hanover in northwest Albuquerque before school Friday.

They heard someone yelling and honking the horn repeatedly.

“Honestly, at the beginning, I was really frightened. I didn’t know. She was honking really loud, she was honking a lot, we were scared,” Chavez said.

They checked things out, and that’s when they rushed to step up.

“It was quiet. Then she helped ‘help me, help me please,'” said Luna.

“I asked her what was wrong, and she said, ‘I think I’m having a seizure. Please help me,’ and that’s when I started calling 911,” said Chavez.

Emergency crews raced to the rescue to help the woman out. APS posted about the teens on their Facebook page, and it’s gotten a lot of attention.

Luna and Chavez said they were just doing what they needed to do, step in as leaders and help. That’s something they learned from their coach.

“I just felt so happy that we helped her,” Luna said.

The teens were escorted to school by a fireman who wanted to make sure the teacher knew why they were late to class this morning.

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