Oklahoma City police Sgt. Stacy Bowien doesn't see herself as a hero, but she's doing a pretty good job of playing the part in her job as a police officer.
Bowien went to Bass Pro Shop in Bricktown about 9:25 p.m. Thursday on a medical call. When she arrived she found Carl Schreiner, 69, unconscious and without a pulse behind the wheel of his pickup with his 8- and 10-year-old grandsons inside.
After attending an Oklahoma City RedHawks game Schreiner suffered a heart attack in the parking lot as the family was leaving. His truck accelerated and hit another car.
Bowien acted quickly to save his life. With the assistance of another officer she was able to get Schreiner out of his vehicle. The 11-year police veteran then performed CPR until an EMSA crew could arrive.
“It was a hectic scene there were a lot of people around,” Bowien said. “I could see that he was quite a bit bigger than I was so I needed some help to get him out of the truck so I could do CPR. It all happened pretty quickly.”
Bowien even had the presence of mind to ask that someone take Schreiner's grandsons to the other side of the vehicle so they wouldn't have the memory of seeing their grandfather being attended to.
“I didn't want them to have to see us working on him,” she said. “That's something that would be pretty hard on kids that age.”
Schreiner is out of the hospital after receiving a heart stent. His daughter, Kristen Linden, said he is expected to make a full recovery, something the family is grateful for.
“He's doing great,” Linden said. “From his family and from him we just want to give an enormous thank-you to the officer. She really did save his life. She turned something that could have been a horrible memory for his grandsons into nothing more than a scary car wreck. We are eternally grateful.”
Thursday's incident was not the first time Bowien has saved a life. She was able to save a small child who was choking on a strawberry at the Bricktown IHOP last year.
“I just like jumping in and getting in the middle of the stuff,” Bowien said. “It comes naturally to me, I guess.”
Bowien said the two calls were the best of her career so far.
“I love this job and to be able to help people like that just validates everything,” she said.
But Bowien insisted she was doing her job. She said you don't need to be a police officer to help.
“There were several people there trying to help him when I arrived,” she said. “Don't hesitate to learn what do and step in. Anyone can step in and help out.”