Acts of Kindness
Teen girls rush inside house to save stranger after kids flag down their car
The three high schoolers were driving along when they spotted frantic children outside of a home. Without hesitation, they leapt into action.
Caryl Jane Espiritu
05.09.22

Have you ever had an experience where you believe you were at the right place at the right time? These moments are very rare, but this is what happened when three teens driving by were called to help a woman in need.

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One night in October, 33-year-old Ashley Eggleston was having dinner like usual when she suddenly fainted.

Her 13-year-old son, Owen Meyers, heard the sound of his mom hitting the floor, so he immediately ran to the dining room. That was when he saw that his mom had already collapsed.

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“I heard a loud bang,” Owen told KGW8. “I went over there and she was on the floor.”

Owen was shocked and could not think of anything else but to help his mom. He ran out to the road to call for help, while his sibling followed their older brother out.

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Ashley’s son stopped the first vehicle that drove by and desperately asked for help for his mother.

At that moment, three teens were about to drive by Ashley’s house. They were Hockinson High School juniors Emilee Tikka, 16, Eva Sarkinen, 16, and Prairie High School sophomore Kate Nylund, 15.

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Without a second thought, the girls immediately stopped the car and stepped out of the vehicle to give help in any way they could.

The teens and Ashley’s son, Owen, ran back to the house where they saw that Ashley was still lying on the floor, unconscious. Owen was terrified that his mom’s life might be in danger, and the girls wanted to make sure that the woman got the treatment and medical attention she needed.

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“It was so scary, but those kids needed help,” Eva told The Columbian. “So we did what we could to help them.”

The three teens were driving home from Emilee’s house and were passing by the Eggleton’s when Owen stopped them. They initially thought he was trying to do a prank, but they also felt that the young man was desperate.

“We thought they were being kids and just running around, so we stopped and rolled down the window,” Emilee said. “They were yelling that their mom fell so we ran inside with them.”

Emilee promptly called 911 for help.

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It was a great coincidence that her family used to live in Ashley’s house because it became easier for her to lead the dispatcher to the place. As the teens and kids waited for the paramedics to arrive, Ashley’s heart stopped beating.

The teens immediately informed the dispatcher that they couldn’t find a pulse of the mom of three. That’s when the dispatcher guided them to perform CPR while on the phone.

Emilee sat with the kids trying to calm them down as Eva did CPR on Ashley for about four minutes.

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The paramedics arrived shortly later and worked on the unconscious mom. They used a defibrillator to get her heart beating again. The teens brought the kids upstairs, away from the commotion.

Vicki Eggleston, Ashley’s mom, came to the house ten minutes after the arrival of the first responders. She was horrified, but she knew she had to look after the kids so she went upstairs and saw that they were all together and being cared for by the helpful teens.

“It was horrifying,” Vicki shared with The Columbian. “I went upstairs to make sure the kids were OK, and I could tell the girls did an amazing job at comforting them. They were definitely scared, but those girls were doing their best to lighten the mood.”

Ashley was fortunately revived and had to stay in the hospital for six days to recover.

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While their mom was in the hospital, the three kids including Owen stayed temporarily with their dad who lives nearby. The girls, who happen to have more than one connection with the family, went back after the incident to check on the kids and to offer if they ever need babysitters.

Truly, all things happen for a reason. Emilee, Eva, and Kate were just driving by, but thanks to the goodness of their hearts and them being at the right place at the perfect time, a mother’s life was saved.

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By Caryl Jane Espiritu
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Caryl Jane Espiritu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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