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.”