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Officer stops driver, saves his life

KENNEBUNK, Maine – Not many people can say they owe their lives to a near speeding ticket. But 86-year-old Gavin Falconer can.

Falconer was pulled over Saturday by a police officer in Kennebunk, Maine. But shortly after handing over his license and registration, he suffered an apparent heart attack and slumped over without a pulse.

Police said Officer Michael Harrington quickly transitioned from writing out a warning for the speeding infraction to administering CPR. A second officer then arrived with a defibrillator.

Falconer was brought to a hospital and is recovering. He told WMTW-TV (http://bit.ly/1nT7Zgp ) he hopes to see the officer again and thank him.

Harrington said the incident is proof there is no such thing as a “routine” traffic stop.

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