Every wedding day comes with surprises. But no one could have anticipated this one.
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On March 28th, officer John O’Rourke, groom-to-be, was hopeful that his special day would happen without a hitch. And first thing that morning, to start his last hours of being single, he decided to treat himself to breakfast. But little did he know that he was headed directly into a life threatening situation.
Shortly after the Indiana University officer walked out of his car and in the door of Donuts to Go, he heard a loud commotion coming from the customers dining area and he immediately went to go investigate. When he looked through the crowd in the fast food establishment, he noticed that all of the patrons were surrounding a 3-year-old girl who was having a seizure.
Once O’Rourke caught sight of her, he sprung into action and went to the young girl’s side to help, while asking customers to call 911.
O’Rourke spoke with the operator and began performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions to try and revive the child before paramedics got to the scene. And thanks to the cop’s knowledge and effort, the little girl was revived after a few moments while he had the emergency service on the phone. And when the paramedics arrived they were able to take over.
There’s nothing that can repay a man for saving someone’s life, but the restaurant gave the hero a complimentary box of donuts as a small show of appreciation.
In response to all of the praise, O’Rourke shared on the Indiana University Police Facebook page, that he knows that he always has to be prepared for all situations that can come up, just like this one. And after it all happened, he went to his car, so he could “(process) everything.”
Towards the end of the Facebook post shared earlier this week from Florida, the location of his wedding, O’Rourke added that, “it had to be a donut shop”…”you can’t make this up.”
At the officer’s wedding reception later that evening, he told his new bride, Virginia O’Rourke and the wedding guests what happened to him earlier that morning. And some of the reception attendees like the Florida Highway Patrol troopers weren’t even that phased by what happened or how the groom reacted. One of them stated that, “You know John”…”He’s always at the right place at the right (or wrong) time.”
(H/T: CBS News)
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