AZLE - An Azle Junior High School student was back at home Friday, three days after nearly losing his life on the football field.

13-year-old Alex Templeton showed no ill effects from the tackle that left him unconscious and without a heartbeat Tuesday night.

I remember passing out, going to my knees and waking up in the ambulance, Templeton said.

He doesn't remember the heroic effort to bring him back to life; The actions of his coaches, a school nurse and an off-duty firefighter, who used CPR and a defibrillator device to get his heart pumping again.

A frantic scene that unfolded as his father watched.

You can't describe the feeling of looking down and holding your child, said Matt Templeton, who pleaded with his only child to pull through.

It was a horrible feeling, Matt Templeton said. I said, 'Stay with me, you're all I got.'

Matt Templeton met with some of the bystanders Friday and thanked them for their efforts.

He plans to take out a full page advertisement in the Azle newspaper to show his appreciation.

How do you thank someone for saving your son's life, how do you repay that thing? Matt Templeton said. They'll forever be in our hearts.

His son will return to school on Monday, but the teenager says his days on the football field are over.

I don't think it's worth happening all over again, Templeton said.


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