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Police sergeant credited with saving life of woman, 84

Published: Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 9:40 a.m. CST

(MCT) — A Chicago police sergeant saved an 84-year-old woman's life Sunday by performing CPR after her heart stopped beating, police said.

Complaining of chest pains Sunday morning, the woman began a trip to the hospital with her granddaughter, the Chicago Police Department said in a release.

But on the way there, the woman slumped over in her seat, unresponsive, police said.

By the time Sgt. Mark O’Connor arrived about 9:15 a.m., the woman's heart had stopped beating, according to the release. The sergeant began performing CPR, managing to keep the woman in a stable condition until paramedics could transport her to Holy Cross Hospital.

Doctors later determined that the woman had suffered a heart attack, and paramedics credited O'Connor with saving her life, police said.

Police said the woman's condition was stabilized at the hospital.

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