TODAY   |  March 08, 2014

Note to man who suffered seizure goes viral

Kyle Severson of the Minneapolis Police Department responded to an emergency call and helped a man who was suffering from a seizure, getting him help and parking his car instead of impounding it. Severson put a note about where to find the car in the man’s pocket, and news of his good deed quickly spread. NBC’s John Yang reports.

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>>> we begin this half hour, though, with the search that went viral to find a person who had helped a driver who had been in a pretty terrible car accident . john yang has the story.

>> reporter: for erin purbort, minneapolis rush hour that afternoon is all a blur.

>> was about three minutes away from home and woke up in an ambulance.

>> reporter: purmort, who has stage 4 brain cancer , had suffered a seizure.

>> the last thing i remember is driving past taco bell .

>> reporter: aaron blocked out in the middle of a busy intersection like this one, his car still in gear, his foot apparently on the brake, but not a scratch on him or his car. some might say someone was looking out for him, and in a way, someone was. at the emergency room , aaron 's wife, norah, found his car keys in his jacket pocket along with a note.

>> your car is parked in the tobacco shop parking lot at 18th avenue northeast in stinson.

>> reporter: it wasn't sign. no clues who wrote it. on facebook, it went viral. it took a week for aaron 's good samaritan to come forward. kyle seaverson, a 16-year veteran of the minneapolis police who responded to a report of a man slumped over in a car. after aaron came to --

>> we asked him what month it was, and he said december, and asked him what year it was, he said 2003 . then i asked him, you know, do you want me to park your car for you? he told me he doesn't drive, he takes the bus.

>> reporter: proper procedure was to impound the car, but seeing aaron 's scars from brain surgery , seaverson decided to park it instead.

>> i figured he had enough on his plate already.

>> reporter: to seaverson, it was no big deal .

>> it took two minutes of my time to make a good call great. it wasn't a lot of effort on my part. if i thought it was a big deal , i would have spent a little more time on my penmanship and printed a little neater.

>> reporter: to aaron and norah, it meant so much.

>> the nice little things in life really do go a long way.

>> reporter: an officer living up to his department's motto, to serve with compassion. for "today," john yang , nbc news, chicago.