Woman pulls into gas station and notices car door open—what man was doing, she has him dragged out

January 3, 2018 9:50 am Last Updated: January 3, 2018 9:50 am

When people walk out of their homes, they usually have an idea of what their day may entail. Some people’s day may be spent at work, running errands, or hanging out with friends. Has anyone (besides doctors, police officers, and fire fighters) ever left the house and known they were going to save a life?

In December, Leslie Hammons pulled into a 7-Eleven gas station parking lot in Oklahoma, and according to KFOR, she saw something unusual. As she was walking by, she noticed that a young man was hunched over in his car with his door open.

The world works in mysterious ways because, by strange coincidence, Hammons had recently done training in CPR. Hammons knew she had to save the man’s life.

Some men helped pull the man, Cooper McDaniel, out of his car, and Hammons attempted to save his life.

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Hammons said she was thinking about her own kids and McDaniel’s parents while performing chest compressions.

“I was basically yelling at him and I was saying, ‘Come on, buddy, you’ve got to live. Come on! Come on! Your parents need you,’” she told KFOR.

Hammons’ attempts at CPR were successful and she was able to keep him alive until the paramedics came.


After waking up from being in a coma for days, McDaniel learned that he was living with an undiagnosed heart defect. This was the reason he went into cardiac arrest.

When McDaniel woke up, he did not have any recollection of what happened, but the doctor did tell him Hammons had saved his life.

McDaniel referred to himself as “blessed,” and praised Hammons for her kind and heroic actions.


“It was like a really nice thing to do,” said McDaniel. “I mean, I don’t think a lot of people would have done it and I was just blessed that she was nearby.”

McDaniel’s dad, Brett McDaniel, gives credit to God for his son being saved by Hammons: “The fact that he stopped there, the event happened, and Leslie had the wherewithal to get him and to get help to get him out.”

And his mother, Kim McDaniel, doesn’t know what she would have done if her son hadn’t survived thanks to Hammons’ quick actions.

“Leslie is a treasure. She’s a gem. She’s forever a part of our family. Every event we have, whether it’s Christmas, or a birthday, or a graduation, or grand kids, it’s because of her and her taking action and noticing Cooper.”