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OKLAHOMA CITY - Local police officers came to the rescue and saved a man's life.

A simple Sunday lunch turned into an unexpected rescue mission.

83-year-old Bill Crye was eating at Chen's on NW 23rd and Meridian when something went terribly wrong, according to his son Kevin Crye.

"They went to lunch after church. My father's heart just stopped and he slumped over in the restaurant," Kevin explained.

The elder Crye's heart had failed,  but fortunately, four Oklahoma City Policemen happened to be at the restaurant.

"They came over and got him out of the chair and started CPR on him," Kevin said.

MSgt Britt High from the Oklahoma City Police Department said at first they thought he might be choking, but after doing the Heimlich maneuver, they realized it was his heart.

"He was unconscious.  He was sitting at the table but he had collapsed forward," the officer remembered.

High and his colleagues Sgt. Matt Guy, Officer Mark Alexander, and Darren Garret went to work.

Kevin says the officers performed CPR on his father for 45 minutes.

Kevin Crye said emergency crews arrived and whisked his father to the hospital.

"The people in the emergency room said it was a miracle he was even alive. I told my mother if you'd been at home there's no way he would have made it," he said.

These officers say it's just part of their job.

Kevin Crye says the officers are lifesavers and heroes.

"He just happened to be in the right place at the right time, where people who could take care of it were there.  He was very, very lucky," Kevin said.

 

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