Officer rescues child on morning of his wedding day

Indiana police officer John O’Rourke. Photo from Facebook

An off-duty officer from Indiana recently managed to save the day on his special day.

It all started when John O’Rourke went to a donut shop in Sanford, Florida, to grab a snack on the morning of his wedding day. While waiting in line, he noticed a commotion in the dining area of the store. A crowd had surrounded a little girl who’d lost consciousness while having a seizure.

O’Rourke, who patrols at Indiana University, jumped into action. When he realized no one had called 911, he instructed bystanders to do so and filled in the dispatcher on what was happening. He then performed CPR on the child, which eventually revived her. The girl became conscious just as paramedics arrived.

The donut shop gifted the officer with a free box of donuts. He then went back to his car and spent some time processing what had happened.

“It had to be a donut shop,” O’Rourke said in a Facebook post. “You can’t make this up.”

Despite the dramatic encounter, O’Rourke went through with his wedding ceremony later that day. Colleagues in attendance from the Florida Highway patrol, where O’Rourke used to work, commended his efforts, saying “he’s always at the right place at the right (or wrong) time.”