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Police officer in Maine saves cardiac victim


When a police officer pulled a man over for speeding in Kennebunk, Maine, he didn't expect to save the driver's life.

Officer Matthew Harrington says he was prepared to write Scotty Falconer a warning or a ticket and send him on his way.

When Harrington went back to his patrol car to write up the warning, he heard Falconer's wife screaming.

"He was unresponsive, I checked for a pulse, he didn't have one at which time I pulled him out of the vehicle and began doing chest compressions," said Harrington.

Turns out, Harrington has spent ten years as an EMT.

When Falconer didn't respond to chest compressions, Harrington decided to use the defibrillator Kennebunk Police keep in their cruisers.

The next thing Falconer remembers is waking up in the emergency room, "They said, 'You were a goner!' And you were lucky because the policeman was an EMT. And he knew just what to do.'"

Harrington says all police are trained to do exactly what he did that day, but he says it's not every day that he gets to have to such an impact on someone's life, "We don't have many of these, certainly not in law enforcement. Sometimes it's difficult to quantify the difference that we make, but every once in a while something like this happens."

"They should give the guy a medal," said Falconer.  

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