Wagoner County deputy hailed as hero after saving man's life

A local deputy has been hailed a hero.

WAGONER COUNTY, Okla. — Quick facts:

  • Officials say Sergeant Cody Standifird with the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office saved a man's life.
  • Her performed CPR on the man twice after finding him struggling to breathe.
  • Doctors say the man may have died minutes later if Standifird had not shown up.
A Wagoner County deputy is being hailed a hero after he saved a man's life.
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On August 21, 2016, Sergeant Cody Standifird was patrolling the area of Coal Creek, south of Wagoner, when he observed a maroon Toyota SUV parked in the grass near the riverbank.

As Sergeant Standifird circled the parking lot, he noticed the back hatch of the vehicle was open and a person was laying inside.

Standifird approached the vehicle and discovered a male occupant was laying on his back with blood covering his face and head, gasping for air.

Standifird rolled the man onto his side to clear the blood from his airway.

He then called an ambulance.

The man, later identified as Robert Lewis Potter Jr., stopped breathing while they waited for EMS.

Sergeant Standifird moved Potter onto the ground and began CPR, which allowed the man to breathe again on his own briefly. He then had to perform CPR a second time.

EMS arrived on scene and transported Potter to Eastar Hospital in Muskogee, where he is currently listed in stable condition.

Doctors say the man could have died in a matter of minutes if Standifird had not arrived to the scene.

"I'm extremely proud of Cody, because of his quick thinking, he helped to save a man's life. Our prayers for a speedy recovery go out to Mr. Potter and his family." said Wagoner County Sheriff, Chris Elliott.  

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