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    >>> now good news from south of atlanta where a quick-acting police officer helped a desperate mother save her son. natalie is here with that story. hey, n at.

    >> that's right, savannah. having a hard time breathing when that officer helped revive him. the heroic actions captured on a surveillance camera . this was the moment when officer christopher simmons performed life-saving cpr on an unresponsive keith haynes , who, moments earlier, collapsed in his mother's car as she rushed him to the hospital. he complained to her that he couldn't breathe.

    >> as i was driving, he seized. he got stiff, seized and went limp. he stopped breathing on me.

    >> reporter: a frantic linda tyler pulled into this bp gas station and ran directly to the police officer off camera to the left. officer christopher simmons stopped for a cup of coffee when tyler spotted him. the officer followed tyler and her brother outside.

    >> he was pretty upset. it was about her son, having some kind of medical problems. she's screaming that he wasn't breathing.

    >> reporter: it was raining outside. the three carried haynes inside the store and the officer started cpr .

    >> i was just walking up and down saying jesus, jesus, help him. i kept asking, is he breathing yet? is he breathing?

    >> it took several minutes of cpr before officer simmons began to see signs of life .

    >> after two or three minutes, i was able to get a good pulse on him.

    >> soon, paramedics arrived and prepared to take haynes to the hospital. thanks to his mother's quick thinking and the officer's quick action, avenues live and breathing again.

    >> it's an incredible feeling that i can't describe, to be able to help someone, to save a human life .

    >> i thought i had lost my son. i really did. thank god for that officer. i thank him so much, from the bottom of my heart, for helping me. i really do. i really do.

    >> and linda tyler says her son is now out of intensive care and doing better. his doctors believe he was suffering from an asthma attack and officer simmons will be awarded with his department's life-saving award. thank goodness.

    >> he earned it.

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updated 3/5/2013 8:49:28 AM ET 2013-03-05T13:49:28

An Atlanta man owes his life to his mother’s quick thinking, and a cop who took his coffee break at the right place and the right time.

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Keith Haynes was being taken to the hospital by his mom and brother when he collapsed onto the dashboard.

“While I was driving, he seized. He got stiff, he seized and he just went limp. He stopped breathing on me,” said his mother, Linda Tyler, in a report that aired on TODAY Tuesday.

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That’s when she spotted a police officer inside a gas station's store. She pulled into the station and ran into the store, begging for help.

“She was pretty upset about her son, her son's medical problems. She was screaming that he wasn't breathing,” said Christopher Simmons, a police officer who had stopped at the station to get a cup of coffee.

Simmons followed Tyler outside in the rain to her car and, with the help of her other son, brought Haynes into the store. He then started performing CPR.

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The station’s surveillance camera captured the entire incident.

“And you see on the film, I was just walking up and down saying, ‘Jesus, Jesus, help him,’ Tyler said. “And I kept asking the officer, ‘Is he breathing yet? Is he breathing?’”

Within a few minutes, Haynes showed a steady pulse. Paramedics arrived shortly afterward to take him to the hospital. Doctors believe the 42-year-old suffered an asthma attack.

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“Thank God for that officer. I thank him so much from the bottom of my heart for helping me,” Tyler said, tearing up. “I really do. I really do.”

Simmons will be awarded with his police department’s Life Saving Award.

“It's an incredible feeling that I can't describe to be able to help someone, to save a human life,” he said.

Linda Tyler told NBC News that her son is now out of intensive care and doing better.

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