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Traffic Stop Saves Man's Life

A medical emergency didn't get one driver out of a warning for speeding

A man in Kennebunk, Maine says he's lucky he was pulled over for speeding this past weekend. The traffic stop likely saved his life.

Officer Matthew Harrington pulled Gavin Falconer over for speeding on Saturday, WMTW reported. After handing over his license and registration, Falconer slumped over the wheel of his car. Harrington's dash cam was rolling as he rushed to pull Falconer from the vehicle. With CPR and a shock from a defibrillator, Falconer's heart started beating again.

Harrington told the news station that the rescue was all in a day's work.

"You know, we always say there's no such thing as a routine traffic stop, but, obviously, day after day, you stop cars. They do become fairly routine," Harrington told WMTW. "So when you're thinking you're just going to give a guy a warning and -- next thing you know -- you're doing chest compression in the middle of rush-hour traffic."

Falconer is still recovering in the hospital and would like to thank Officer Harrington, even though he still issued Falconer a warning for speeding.

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