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Off-duty police officer helps save life at Del Taco

Off-duty police officer helps save life at Del Taco

(Courtesy of the Lehi Police Department)

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LEHI — An off-duty police officer helped save a life when he noticed a man in medical distress at Del Taco, the Lehi Police Department said Friday.

Officer James Skinner saw the 34-year-old man lying on the pavement in the parking lot while leaving the Del Taco at 3633 N. Thanksgiving Way with his family on Feb. 21, said Lt. Darren Paul. The man was unresponsive, so Skinner identified himself as an officer and started performing CPR on him after assessing his condition.

“In my opinion, the actions of Officer Skinner were extremely instrumental in bringing this patient back," fire captain Jake Beck wrote in a statement. "Without his quick action I doubt this patient’s recovery would have been nearly as successful.”

Skinner performed CPR on the man until emergency personnel arrived. He continued to help with chest compressions until the man was put in an ambulance and taken to the hospital, according to police.

"His quick actions really saved this man's life," Paul said. "We're just grateful he was in the right place at the right time."

Skinner is a candidate for a lifesaver award the police department gives out, he said.

Contributing: Betsy Tracy

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