'They're responsible, ultimately, for keeping me alive'

LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- A Fun game of basketball turned into a night several players will never forget when one of them had a heart attack and the others teamed up to save his life.

Jordan Johnson, Soppa Doiron, Luis Roque and Jay Slaughter round out an impressive team of grads from Lakes High School.

They spend most of their Tuesday nights shooting hoops in the gym at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lakewood. But a recent night of basketball turned into something much more than fun and games.

Leo Castro runs the games. The young people come in, say a quick prayer with him and hit the court. That routine changed last week when Castro, 48, suffered a heart attack and collapsed.

"Then he just stopped breathing completely,"Johnson said. "Jay and Soppa ran outside, he was on the phone with 911. I started doing compressions and then got up to look around the church to see if anyone was here, and then he took over for probably the next 10 minutes or so."

The group was relieved when the EMTs got there and zapped Castro with a defibrillator.

"They did that like three times and said they finally got his pulse back and they took him out on the stretcher and they left and we all went out to the center of the court and said a prayer for him," Johnson said.

Castro was eventually able to meet up with the group to thank them for saving his life.

"Yeah, they're responsible, ultimately, for keeping me alive," Castro said. "These guys are great kids. I'm really proud of them and happy that they saved my life, really."

Castro said when gets back on the court he's going to be in much better shape.