Everyone wants their wedding to be a day they’ll always remember. However, getting married isn’t the only reason March 28 is a memorable day for Officer John O’Rourke.
We’ve all laughed at the “cops and doughnuts” stereotype. And Officer O’Rourke will not deny his love for the breakfast pastry.
On his wedding morning, O’Rourke’s doughnut craving led to him saving a little girl’s life.
The Indiana University (IU) police officer had traveled to the Orlando area to get married. The morning before he was set to say “I do,” he decided to drop by Donuts to Go—which, according to the IU Police Department, is the best doughnut shop in Orlando—to grab a quick breakfast.
While waiting in line, he noticed commotion coming from the dining area. A crowd had begun gathering around an unconscious 3-year-old girl, who’d had a seizure.
When O’Rourke realized no one had called for medical assistance, he immediately jumped into action. He quickly instructed a bystander to dial 911 so he could speak to the operator, then began performing rescue breathing and chest compressions.
By the time the paramedics arrived, the girl had started to regain consciousness.
With the 3-year-old girl conscious and safe in the hands of medical professionals, everyone could breathe a sigh of relief. The bakery staff thanked the officer for his heroism with a box of doughnuts, on the house.
“I just sat in my car, for about 20 minutes, processing everything,” O’Rourke said.
“It had to be a donut shop. You can’t make this up.”
Later that day, Officer O’Rourke tied the knot with his beautiful bride, Virginia.
His wedding guests included Florida Highway Patrol troopers, who he’s worked with—and when they heard the story, they weren’t surprised.
“You know John,” one of them said.
“He’s always at the right place at the right (or wrong) time.”
Needless to say, it was a wedding day to remember!