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.