Oklahoma City police officer saves man at Bass Pro Shop parking lot

Carl Schreiner, 69, of Duncan, suffered a heart attack after attending a RedHawks game with his two grandsons. Oklahoma City police Sgt. Stacy Bowien stepped up and gave him CPR until medical help arrived.
by Matt Patterson Modified: September 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm •  Published: September 3, 2013

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.”

by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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