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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.