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The Today File

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June 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

SPD bicycle officers credited with saving stricken man’s life

Two Seattle police bicycle officers are being credited with saving a man’s life yesterday after he was found unconscious on a street.

The officers were on patrol near Seventh Avenue South and South Main Street around 4:40 p.m. when they saw the unconscious man on the ground underneath Interstate 5, according to police. The officers checked the man for visible injuries and then placed him in a “recovery position” to keep his airway open, which they learned from their first-aid training.

The man then stopped breathing and the officers could no longer feel a pulse.  One of the officers began CPR while his partner called for the Seattle Fire Department. The officers continued CPR until medics arrived, police said

The medics were able to get the man breathing on his own and have a steady pulse before he was taken to Harborview Medical Center, police said.  Medics told police it appeared the 25-year-old man had suffered a drug overdose, but they expected the man to make a full recovery.

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