Officer recognized for saving man’s life as he went into cardiac arrest while shopping

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A local man is alive today thanks to the quick thinking of an off-duty officer and a security guard at Kansas City, Kan., store.

Kurt Gowdy went into full cardiac arrest while shopping at Nebraska Furniture Mart, but thankfully some shoppers, who were in the right place at the right time, jumped into action.

Gowdy tells FOX 4 he fell face first on the floor as he went into cardiac arrest.

Kansas City, Mo., police officer John Best was off-duty at the time and shopping with his family. He heard Gowdy hit the floor and jumped into action.

A Nebraska Furniture Mart security officer then shocked Gowdy back to life. Best and another officer performed CPR on Gowdy until first responders showed up.

"I don't feel like a hero," Officer Best said. "I was just a guy there with my family shopping I told him. I told Mr. Gowdy everybody and everybody yesterday, I said I was just the right place at the right time with the right training. Anybody could do that."

Gowdy had the opportunity to thank Officer Best Monday night as Best was presented with a life-saving award.

"It's not like the training scenarios where you have the plastic dummy in front of you and you've got your training coach basically telling you what to do," Officer Best said. "It's all up to you. You've got to assess the situation with the information you've got. And with the information I had that day that he had heart problems, and at the time he wasn't breathing, I couldn't find a pulse, I just started doing chest compressions."