Quick-thinking officer saves children, man who had heart attack at wheel
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City’s Bass Pro parking lot was the scene of a dramatic crash Thursday.
The man in the middle of it all, Carl Schreiner doesn’t remember anything but knows he is alive and well today because of the quick thinking of an Oklahoma City police officer.
After enjoying an evening in Bricktown Thursday, Carl Schreiner and his two young grandkids hopped in their truck to head home.
It was while leaving the parking lot that Schreiner suffered a massive heart attack, behind the wheel.
“I pulled forward out of our parking place in the lot,” says Schreiner. “Made a left turn and that’s all I remember.”
From there he passed out with his foot on the gas accelerating to what witnesses say must have been 45 miles per hour.
They were headed straight for Bass Pro’s front windows before colliding with another car in the lot.
Schreiner says, “I would have been one of their weird displays had that car not been there.”
Schreiner’s grandson knew exactly who to call for help.
Moments later, Officer Stacy Bowien was performing early CPR that Schreiner says, gave him another shot at life.
“They may be looking like they’re eating a couple of doughnuts,” says Schreiner. “But man those doughnuts don’t get in the way when they need to do what they need to do.”
Officer Bowein says, “It’s a pretty good feeling. It’s nice to know. I was just doing my job.”
Doctors insist if it weren’t for Bowien’s early response, Schreiner would not be here today.
She still insists she is not a hero.
“I’m just doing my job,” says Bowien. “That’s what I’m here for.”
Schreiner says, “What a special person to have on our force here.”
Officer Bowien is no stranger to saving lives.
She received the department’s Lifesaving award in May after coming to the rescue of an infant choking at a metro restaurant just last year.