If Cpl. Christopher Simmons hadn't stopped for coffee at the BP gas station on Old Dixie Road, Timothy Keith Haynes may not be alive today.
Simmons said he was inside the store when a woman came into the store to tell him that her son had stopped breathing.
"Thank God for that officer, thank God for him, Officer Simmons did his job and beyond," Linda Tyler said.
Tyler explained that Haynes has asthma and had called her around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning to tell her she needed to drive him to the hospital because he was having trouble breathing.
"Normally, in that situation you would call an ambulance, but he walked to the car, got in and we started to drive to the hospital," Tyler said.
But a few minutes after they started driving, Tyler said her son stopped breathing.
"He said 'mom, I am not going to make it, I am not going to make it, mom hurry,'" Tyler said. "Then he had a light seizure and his body just went limp he stopped breathing on me. He fell over on me and I just kept driving and calling him, I told my brother feel for a pulse."
Tyler did not think she would make it to the hospital and saw the Forest Park officer's car parked outside the gas station at 4950 Old Dixie Rd.
"You revert back to your training," Simmons said. "I have been through several CPR classes, my instinct kicked in I knew what I needed to do and was lucky to get him back. It was a great feeling to know what I was doing was working. I can't even begin to describe to you how bringing a human being back to life feels like. It is a very humbling experience, it made my job worth it."
Haynes continues to recover at a local hospital. Tyler said her son has a history of asthma attacks. His most recent was New Years Eve.
Tyler is hopeful her son will make a full recovery, but knows it would not have been possible without Simmons' lifesaving CPR.
"You were my hero and you will always be, that was my child and you saved him, thank you, thank you, I can't find enough words to thank you," Tyler said. "Without him I don't think Keith would've made it."
Simmons was humble about his actions, and said he is not a hero, just an officer who was glad to help.
"It is just one of those rare stories that happen, where I get to go home and tell a story like that to my wife," Simmons said.
Copyright 2013 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 6:05 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:05:44 GMT
A metro Atlanta woman said a snake bite cost her an arm and a leg financially. Lisa Zambito killed a copperhead snake like this one in her driveway a couple of weeks ago. "The head moved as I pickedMore >
A metro Atlanta woman said a snakebite cost her an arm and a leg - financially. More >
Monday, May 20 2013 11:22 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:22:09 GMT
A large tree fell across a family's front yard in Kennesaw early Monday morning, crushing a car. "We were in bed sound asleep, and all of the sudden heard a loud crash," said homeowner Teresea Gaffney. TheyMore >
A large tree fell across a family's front yard in Kennesaw early Monday morning, crushing a car.More >
Thursday, May 16 2013 11:52 AM EDT2013-05-16 15:52:35 GMT
Coyote covered with cholla cactus
A coyote pup is back safe with its mother again after it ran headfirst into a cholla cactus in Sun City West. Gwen Maxwell, an 85-year-old retired school teacher, was leaving her home Tuesday morningMore >
Huge clumps of cholla cactus were sticking to the coyote pup's back legs, right foreleg, knee and shoulder.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 7:13 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:13:57 GMT
Nearly eight inches of rain fell overnight in Hall County, and residents woke up to many flooded roads. But for the families living off of Trudy Drive, flooding was so severe that it ripped apart theMore >
Nearly eight inches of rain fell Saturday night in Hall County, and residents woke up to many flooded roads.More >
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:23 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:23:34 GMT
There may have been only been one lone Powerball winner from Florida, but some Georgians were lucky as well. A Georgia Lottery official tells CBS Atlanta News that two people from Canton and ColumbusMore >
There may have been only been one lone Powerball winner from Florida, but some Georgians were lucky as well.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:15 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:15:57 GMT
Officials in Hall County declared a local state of emergency Sunday night. They said more than seven inches of rain fell in a six hour span, flooding some roads and washing away one entirely.StephensMore >
Officials in Hall County declared a local state of emergency Sunday night.More >