School resource officer, nurse save the life of a Florida student when his pacemaker failed

Posted at 9:14 AM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 05:19:56-04

MADISON COUNTY, Fla. - Stacy Davis received a call Tuesday that she hopes to never get again.

"Oh man. My heart dropped three or four times I just went to praying I went to crying I was so hysterical like this cannot happen," said Davis.

Her eighth grade son Melvin "MJ" Crumity was found lifeless.

School resource officer Joey Knight received the call.

"I bolted to my truck or my patrol vehicle and drove down to the gym to find him unresponsive lying on the gym floor," said Knight.

That's when he called for help.

"They are saying, 'He is not breathing,' and you are just saying, 'I got to get there, got to get there, got to get there to help him,'" nurse Annie Dyke recalled.

MJ's pacemaker had failed and his heart was stopped.

"You still replay it a million times in your head and analyze different scenarios and you think is there anything more I could have done ... and you just come to the realization that we did what we could with the equipment we had available," Knight said.

The equipment was an automatic defibrillator. That, and chest compressions by the two, brought the 14-year-old back to life.

"I don't think I would be here right now if it were not for them," MJ said.

"I can say if it wasn't for them he would not be alive. Even the doctor says the reactionary time was what made a difference," Davis said.

MJ is now healthy and strong. It's a sight his new heroes never thought they would see.

"We have told him that he is a walking miracle and that God has special plans for him. He is here for a reason. I hope whatever he wants, that his dreams come true," Dyke said.

MJ's mom has expressed gratitude for those who played a role in bringing her son back to life.