A police officer in Georgia received praise for his life-saving work in helping revive a runner who suffered a cardiac emergency last weekend. Officials said the officer did CPR for more than 10 minutes.
The incident occurred on October 29 on a trail in Powder Springs, a city northwest of Atlanta. A man “walked down” and “stopped breathing” while running on the Silver Comet Trail, according to a Facebook post Thursday from the Powder Springs Police Department. Police said other runners called 911 and began performing CPR.
Police said one of the first responders, identified as Officer Yates, arrived and took on CPR duty.
“There was no breath, no pulse and no other signs of life,” the police department wrote. “Despite his condition, Officer Yates did not give up and gave more than 10 minutes of CPR.”
Police said paramedics reached the spot, and “within seconds” of seeking a medical response, the man acquired a pulse and “really woke up,” police said.
The department praised the “quick actions” of other runners on the trail and the officer’s “endurance” in helping save the runner’s life.
“Thankfully, this man will live to win Silver Comet again,” the police department wrote.