Hamblen County heroes save man’s life

Shop with a cop event (Hamblen County Sheriff's Office)

MORRISTOWN (WATE) – When a man turned blue and collapsed in the front of a Walmart, Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office said two law enforcement officers jumped in to save his life.

It happened Tuesday night during an annual holiday event at a Morristown Walmart called ‘Cops with Kids’ bringing law enforcement agencies together and lending a helping hand to some Hamblen County children.

“Hopefully we make their dreams come true at Christmas,” said Morristown Police Officer Jonathan Maxey.

They fill up the carts with anything the children desire. It is a chance many of them never get.

“They’re tickled to death over the smaller things in life and it really humbles us and shows us what’s important,” said Sgt. David Cribley.

When the two officers were paying for their items, the unexpected happened.

“All of a sudden I heard a bunch of people screaming that somebody was having a seizure,” said Maxey.

“It looked grim. He was completely blue in the face,” said Cribley.

The off-duty officers reacted instinctively.

“It kind of just comes with the job, didn’t even really think about it. Just cop mode all the time,” said Cribley.

It all happened in a matter of minutes – running into place, starting CPR and calling paramedics.

“Didn’t look hopeful at first, but thankfully if this is going to place it was great that it happened when it did because there was a lot of officers and first responders there,” said Maxey.

Before long, breath filled the man’s lungs once again.

“On my way home with my little boy he looked over and said, ‘You know, Dad, I’ve seen that a bunch on TV but when it happened tonight I was scared,’” said Cribley.

The officers say they were just in the right place at the right time doing their jobs. Others are thanking them for being heroes.

“You just kind of relate back to what you’ve been trained and just take action from there, but thankfully like I said God allowed us to be there in the right place, right time when it happened,” said Maxey.

They cannot release much information about that man who they helped but they say they heard he was recovering.

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