Passerby rescues youth at Central

By Observer staff reports January 21, 2013 12:40 pm

La Grande police say a high school age boy found hanging Saturday from an apparatus at the Central School playground was rescued by a quick-thinking passer-by.

Lt. Derick Reddington said the boy apparently hanged himself from the apparatus sometime before 2 p.m. Saturday. The passer-by discovered him about 2 p.m., lowered him to the ground, started CPR and called 911. Reddington said police believe the boy had been suspended from the apparatus about 20 minutes.

Reddington said the youth was taken to Grande Ronde Hospital, then flown to Oregon Health Sciences University, where he remains as a patient.