Police officer saved by two good Samaritans

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 2/23 11:35 pm Published: 2/23 11:33 pm

He helps others on a daily basis but on Saturday other people were able to help him.

In fact, they saved his life.

A Tulsa police officer was hiking Turkey Mountain in west Tulsa when he collapsed and stopped breathing.

Our FOX23 team talked to two of the men who rushed to his aid.

They have a lot in common but Aaron Smith and Garry Mans didn't know each other before Saturday afternoon.

Mans saw a crowd of people during his bicycle ride at Turkey Mountain Saturday afternoon.

"It didn't look right, the gentleman was lying down so I figured I better stop and ask if they needed help," said Mans.

The group had already called 911 but they needed help directing people their way.

Mans went to the bottom of the trail and asked if anyone knew CPR.

"I raised my hand and said, 'yea I do, where is he at?' said Aaron Smith.

Mans told Smith and they ran to help.

"He didn't look good at all," Smith told FOX23.

Smith then started the life saving procedure of CPR.

"Started straight in with compressions and CPR at that point. And from there it was kind of a blur. You could hear the sirens in the background," Smith said.

It was the sound of help.

Mans met the fire trucks.

"It was a trek to get everybody back up the mountain," said Mans.

But he got crews there just about the same time Smith got a response.

"Finally, he started to gasp for air," Smith said.

The two told FOX23 they aren't heroes but they were happy to help one.

"You’re doing it at the time and don't think about it. To hear that he's a police officer and made it that's even better," said Mans.

"It’s always good just to do something good, but when there's a little extra and you find out you helped somebody else who helps so many other people in so many ways it goes a long way. It really makes you feel good," said Smith.

A fire official told FOX23 the officer is expected to be okay.

Smith is a certified CPR instructor but he says this is the first time he's had to do CPR in a real life situation.

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Mayor Maynot - 2/24/2014 9:00 AM
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When out exercising it is nice to have a partner out exercising with you. Mainly to share the benefits of exercise with you. Secondarily to exercise the benefits of a safe exercise.

Mayor Maynot - 2/24/2014 1:09 AM
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That's nice.
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