Video: Rookie Ga. officer performs CPR for nearly 10 minutes to save runner
“My first thought was … just to try to get some sort of breath into him, just try to stabilize him until EMS comes," Officer Carson Yates said
By Ashley Silver
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. — Police dash cam video shows the moment a Powder Springs (Ga.) officer saved the life of a marathon runner after he collapsed on a popular trail.
Footage shared by Fox 5 Atlanta shows fellow runners surrounding a man after he fell to the ground and stopped breathing during a marathon.
"He had a clogged artery, just passed out, heart stopped," Officer Carson Yates, who is still in his first year with the Powder Springs Police Department, told FOX 5.
Yates and his sergeant worked together to render aid to the man. "My first thought was … just to try to get some sort of breath into him, just try to stabilize him until EMS comes," he told the news platform.
Yates can be seen performing CPR for nearly 10 minutes, using the training he learned at the police academy. That training ultimately assisted Yates in rendering aid that helped regain the man’s pulse and consciousness, while buying time for paramedics to arrive at the scene.
Police Chief Lane Cadwell recognized Yates and his heroism during a city council meeting, but when Yates was asked about the incident, he told FOX 5: "Of course, I’m excited that I helped save his life, but it’s part of the job.”