April 9, 2017 — Indiana University Police Officer John O’Rourke will always remember March 28. Not only will the date mark his wedding anniversary but it will also be remembered as the day he saved a 3-year old girl’s life.
John was on his way to his wedding ceremony when he made a quick stop at a donut shop to grab breakfast. He noticed some unusual commotion in the main dining area. His police training kicked and he sprung into immediate action when he saw a crowd of customers hovering around a little girl. She was having a seizure.
As he rushed to her side, he instructed bystanders to call 911. O’Rourke then performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation along with chest compressions.
Within a few minutes, he brought the 3-year old girl back to consciousness. Paramedics arrived on the scene as she was waking up and took over from there.
The grateful restaurant staff gifted the officer with a box of doughnuts on the house. Undoubtedly, this was one gift on his wedding day then he never expected!
It all happened so fast. After it was over, he took some time to himself: “I just sat in my car, for about 20 minutes, processing everything,” John said.
He also had a good sense of humor about the fact that the incident took place at a donut shop:
“It had to be a donut shop,” officer O’Rourke laughed. “You can’t make this up.”
John married Virginia a few hours later that day. Highway troopers attending the wedding weren’t too surprised to hear of John’s heroic act. That’s the type of thing, they’ve come to expect of him.
“You know John,” they joked. “He’s always at the right place at the right (or wrong) time.”