A Georgia police officer miraculously revived a runner who suffered a cardiac arrest by performing CPR for over 10 minutes.
According to the Powder Springs Police Department, a man collapsed on October 29 while running on a trail in Powder Springs — a city northwest of Atlanta, Georgia.
Other runners on the Silver Comet Trail saw the man collapse and called 9-1-1 after discovering that he wasn’t breathing.
They then began to administer CPR while waiting for help to arrive.
One of the first officers to arrive on the scene was rookie Officer Carson Yates, who took over CPR duty.
“There was no breathing, no pulse and no other signs of life,” the police department wrote. “Despite his condition, Officer Yates did not give up and gave CPR for over 10 minutes.”
“Within seconds” of paramedics arriving, the man regained a pulse and “actually woke up,” according to police.
“Of course, I’m excited that I helped save his life, but it’s part of the job,” Yates told WAGA.
The department praised the runners on the trail for their lifesaving assistance and also commended Yates for his “endurance” in performing CPR.
Yates was also recognized for his heroism by Chief Lane Cadwell at a recent city council meeting.
“Thankfully, this man will live to conquer the Silver Comet again another day,” the police department wrote.
According to the American Heart Association, those who suffer cardiac arrest have a 12% chance of survival. CPR can double or triple those odds.