Maine Officer Stops Elderly Driver for Speeding, Saves His Life Instead

Police officer giving ticket

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updated 07/30/2014 AT 12:10 PM ET

originally published 07/30/2014 AT 10:40 AM ET

Not many people can say they owe their lives to a near speeding ticket.

But 86-year-old Gavin Falconer can. He was pulled over Saturday by a police officer in Kennebunk, Maine. But shortly after handing over his license and registration, Falconer suffered an apparent heart attack and slumped over without a pulse.

Police say Officer Matthew 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 tells WMTW-TV that he hopes to see the officer again and thank him.

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

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