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Spokane Police Officer meets mother of teen he saved

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Spokane Police Officer Shane Phillips meets Angela Kyllonen, the mother of the teen he saved Spokane Police Officer Shane Phillips meets Angela Kyllonen, the mother of the teen he saved
SPOKANE, Wash. -

When Spokane Police Officer Shane Phillips was called to a shooting on E. Vanetta two weeks ago, he didn't realize his medical first response would save a 15-year-old's life.

But that's what Spokane Police say happened after the officer and his partner arrived on-scene to find a barely conscious Hunter Kyllonen with a chest wound from a gun shot.

“That first response is critical to saving lives,” Officer Phillips said.

Phillips has enhanced medical response training, along with every other Spokane Police Officer. The purpose is to save more lives by attending to victims with critical injuries immediately, before medics arrive. That's exactly what happened two weeks ago.

Officer Phillips assessed the shooting scene, and Hunter's injury, and then used a chest seal to stop the bleeding.

Hunter spent just two days in the hospital, and was back in school 4 days after being shot.

“It's a miracle he's okay,” Angela Kyllonen, Hunter's mother, said. “Hunter had a lot of guardian angels that day, and I think the officer was one of them.”

Monday, Angela Kyllonen finally had the chance to meet the officer that saved her son.

“I was so busy tending to Hunter I didn't realize the officer had done that,” Kyllonen said. “Then when I heard what he did, and I knew I wanted to meet him and thank him.”

When Officer Phillips arrived at Kyllonen's home today, he was met with a big hug. It was a quick visit, but the officer's questions, as you might expect, were focused on 15-year-old Hunter's health.

“So there aren't any lasting effects?” Officer Phillips asked, concerned.

When Angela responded “no,” the officer couldn't help but let out a hardy laugh.

“Well I hope I don't have to see you anytime soon,” Officer Phillips joked as he left. Then, once again, the two hugged, before the officer left.

“It's a miracle from God,” Angela told KHQ's Gabe Cohen.

A miracle perhaps, but one that may not have happened without an officer trained to be ready for the worst.

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