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Officer hailed as hero for saving man's life

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A local mother says a Forest Park police officer's quick-thinking actions saved the life of her son.

Linda Tyler said that she was rushing her asthmatic son, Keith, to the hospital when he stopped breathing in the car.

"All of a sudden he had a seizure, went limp -- he just stopped breathing," said Tyler.

She spotted Forest Park Police Officer Chris Simmons at a gas station. The two carried Keith into the gas station, where Simmons started CPR.  

"After a few minutes, I was able to get some life back in him. Not too long after that,  paramedics showed up and were able to take him to the hospital," Simmons said.

Simmons says he did what he was trained to do. He'd taken CPR classes but never actually put that training to the test.

"To revive a human being and give them live again is a truly humbling experience, something I couldn't even begin to describe. It's a great feeling," said Simmons.

Tyler said that she's grateful for the humble hero.

"Officer Simmons, with his fast thinking on his feet, he saved him. Without him my son would not be here today," Linda Tyler said.

Keith is still in the hospital recovering, but he is expected to be OK. Simmons plans on visiting him when he's back home with his family.

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