John ORourke

Hero officer saves toddler’s life on his wedding day

Late last month, a police officer reportedly rescued a 3-year-old girl having a seizure on the morning of his wedding.

On March 28, Indiana University officer John O’Rourke was in a Sanford, Florida, Donuts to Go getting breakfast when he noticed a crowd gathered around a little girl who was acting irregularly. Instructing a bystander to call 911, the soon-to-be groom spoke with the dispatcher then performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until the toddler regained consciousness minutes later.

Paramedics arrived as the off-duty cop was in the middle of performing chest compressions. The unidentified girl is said to have survived the ordeal.

In light of his heroic act, the gracious Sanford shop gave him his donuts on the house.

“I just sat in my car, for about 20 minutes, processing everything,” O’Rourke said, according to the Indiana University Police Department’s (IUPD) Facebook page, who posted the statement on Wednesday.

He added, “It had to be a donut shop. You can’t make this up.”

This isn’t the first time the IUPD officer saved a life: In 2010, O’Rourke and two fellow officers pulled a driver from a burning car, WTHR pointed out.

O’Rourke married his bride, Virginia, in front of family, friends, and some Florida Highway Patrol troopers he previously worked with. O’Rourke claimed the former colleague wasn’t shocked by his quick-thinking and knack for getting into unexpected situations.

“You know John,” the IPD officer recalled the fellow trooper saying. “He’s always at the right place at the right (or wrong) time.”

[Featured Image: Indiana University Police Department (IUPD)]