Most drivers aren’t too thrilled about being pulled over, but what seemed to be a routine traffic stop couldn’t have possibly happened at a better time for 86-year-old Gavin Falconer when it became be a life-saving occasion.
According to PEOPLE, Falconer was pulled over for speeding in Kennebunk, Maine, and just after handing over his license and registration, he suffered a heart attack and was slumped in the drivers seat with no pulse.
Police Officer Matthew Harrington administered CPR and waited until another officer arrived on the scene with a defibrillator.
The quick response by Officer Harrington, the CPR, and the defibrillator shock ended up saving the mans life.
“You know, we always say there’s no such thing as a routine traffic stop, but, obviously, day after day, you stop cars. They do become fairly routine, so when you’re thinking you’re just going to give a guy a warning and — next thing you know — you’re doing chest compression in the middle of rush-hour traffic. It’s a little overwhelming,” Harrington said.
Falconer, who’s still recovering, has yet to meet Officer Harrington since their bizzare chance encounter, but he’s looking forward to meeting him under better circumstances.