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.
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