(NEW YORK) — A police officer in Blanchard, Oklahoma, is being hailed for his quick thinking and calm demeanor under pressure as he helped to revive an unresponsive woman on the side of a road.
Blanchard Police Officer Jordan Jones said he was pulling over a pickup truck on Monday after he saw it speeding with its hazard lights flashing. The driver stopped the vehicle and jumped out in a panic, Jones said, noting that the driver and his daughter yelled to him that his wife, who was in the truck, was not breathing.
Jones’ dash-cam video showed the officer, with the help of the driver, pulling the woman from the backseat of the truck and laying her down on the road between his patrol vehicle and the man’s truck, out of the way of traffic.
“Oh, sweetheart,” the driver could be heard saying at one point. “She’s gone!”
“No, she’s not,” Jones could be heard saying as he prepared to begin CPR.
Jones said he didn’t have time to really think.
“It was time to act and it was time to go,” he told ABC affiliate KOCO-TV. “We’re trained as far as handling people who are emotionally distraught and that you can’t let that factor into your judgment and what you’re trained to do.”
Jones said that he’d already called for an ambulance before he started trying to revive the woman. Within minutes, first responders had arrived and taken over. He said they got the woman’s heart going and then transported her to a hospital, where she remains. Police would not disclose details of the woman’s condition but said she was alive.
Blanchard Police Capt. Joe Beilouny praised Jones, saying that his work had been extremely vital in saving the woman’s life. The couple were still 15 to 20 minutes from the hospital when Jones stopped their truck.
He “kept his cool, remained very calm the entire time,” Beilouny said.
Jones said he’d been told by first responders that the incident could have been fatal.
“The adrenaline kind of slows down and you start realizing what [took] place,” he said. “It was surreal. It was a great team effort.”
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