"It's fight or flight and I choose fight": Off-duty CPD officer tries to save teen

Officer Greg Stroud was off duty when he jumped in and tried to help teenager who suffered fatal brain injury (Image: WTVC)

After a Soddy-Daisy teen passes away from an ATV accident, people are calling the officer who tried to save his life a hero.

14-year-old Bryson Scott suffered a traumatic brain injury in a crash in Ooltewah over the weekend. He died Thursday after living 5 days in the ICU at Erlanger.

Scott was known by many as a star baseball player and rising freshman at Soddy Daisy High School.

At the beginning of a typical work day for Chattanooga Police Officer Greg Stroud, he's dressed in uniform and waiting for the day's assignment.

But this past Saturday, he wasn't on the clock and his uniform was at home.

"It's a weekend night. Plain clothes, going downtown to hang out with your friends and you get that kind of call. Nothing can ever prepare you for that," Stroud said.

Stroud says Bryson's mother, Sonya Hudgens, got a call that Bryson had been in an ATV accident.

Officer Stroud went with her and once they got there, jumped in until an ambulance arrived.

"I started giving CPR. I checked for a pulse. It was there. Faded. But it was there," he said.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says Bryson was driving an ATV down Old Hunter Road in Ooltewah with a friend when he hit a telephone pole head on.

It was Stroud's first call helping someone he knew personally.

"We answer calls for service a lot. But going to that one there's a lot more emotion in there that had to be with-strained so that I could do what I had to do," Stroud explained. "I'm very happy I was able to do that."

He'd only met Bryson a couple hours earlier and now, Stroud was trying to save his life.

He'd heard a lot about the 14 year old and his promising future as a baseball player.

"He's definitely made a positive impact on a lot of people's lives," he said.

Officer Stroud says he's trained to jump in no matter the situation.

Bryson's friends and family say it's clear that being a police officer is what Stroud was born to do.

"It's fight or flight and I choose fight. I signed up to help people. I can't run away from that," he said.

Bryson's family says Officer Stroud visited them every day in the hospital.

Friends are hosting a baseball tournament for Bryson's family next weekend.

It will be next Saturday, the 18th, at Veteran's Park in Soddy Daisy.

It costs $150 per team to enter.

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