Law enforcement doesn’t get days off, even on their wedding days, apparently. Indiana Police Officer John O’Rourke was suddenly called to save the day right before he walked down the isle.
O’Rourke was in the Orlando area for his upcoming wedding and decided to grab breakfast at “Donuts to Go” only hours ahead of the ceremony. There, the off-duty cop was suddenly called into action.
As he was waiting in line, he noticed a loud commotion happening in the dining room. Soon, he realized that a 3-year-old girl was having a seizure.
Seeing that the paramedics were not yet called, O’Rourke sprang into action. He instructed bystanders to call 911 as he began emergency medical procedures.
After a few minutes of chest compressions and rescue breathing, the young girl regained consciousness. Soon after, medical assistance arrived; the girl was absolutely fine thanks to Officer O’Rourke.
(March 28 was more exciting than John O’Rourke had bargained for — even for his wedding day.
While standing in line that morning at “Donuts to Go,” (the best donut shop in the Orlando area) he noticed a commotion in the dining area and quickly realized that a young girl had just had a seizure — and that nobody had called for medical assistance.
“It had to be a donut shop,” said O’Rourke, a police officer for IUPD-Indianapolis. “You can’t make this up.”
O’Rourke instructed bystanders to call 911, spoke with the 911 operator, and then began performing rescue breathing, and ultimately chest compressions, which brought the 3-year-old back to consciousness. Paramedics arrived just as he’d begun the chest compressions.
O’Rourke took his box of donuts (on the house) out to his car.
“I just sat in my car, for about 20 minutes, processing everything,” he said.
O’Rourke and his bride, Virginia, married later that day. Friends at the wedding included many of the Florida Highway Patrol troopers with whom he worked — and they weren’t surprised by his morning encounter.
“You know John,” he remembered one of them saying. “He’s always at the right place at the right (or wrong) time.”)
“You know John,” one of them said. “He’s always at the right place at the right (or wrong) time.”
Talk about being a first responder. Now, he’s rightfully being praised as a hero.
“Should’ve gone to longs donuts,” someone jokingly commented on Facebook. We’re sure the little girl and her parents are incredibly grateful he didn’t.