KCPD officer helps save man’s life during trip to New England

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Officer Rob Shorrock loves being a police officer almost as much as he loves his Boston sports teams. He planned the trip to New England months ago and when the Red Sox won the World Series, everything just fell into place for a big weekend.

Little did Shorrock realize his training as a police officer would come into play.

"I went to the parade (Saturday) with my kid brother and we went to the finish line where the first bomb went off during the Boston marathon," explained Shorrock.

That in itself was emotional, then the parade stopped right in front of him and the entire team paid their respects to those injured in the bombings.

"They brought the World Series trophy over, set it on the finish line put the Boston Strong 617 jersey on it, it was intense." shared Shorrock.

That was just Saturday and Rob Shorrock, who is a KCPD officer, had no idea what was to come.

He went to the Patriots vs. Steelers game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. A simple trip to buy a souvenir made an already emotional weekend even more so.

"I went to get a T-shirt for my little guy at the souvenir booth and this 19-year-old kid standing next to me collapses in front of me."

Shorrock did what he does, help people. His police training kicked in, and he started CPR.

"He was dead, he was gone, he was turning blue, lips turning blue. We kept compressions, got him on the board, rushed him to first aid got him to ambulance got him out of there."

Just before they put the teen in the ambulance, they got a pulse, a relief for Shorrock.

"He was in very serious condition, but he was alive, it was very emotional, very tough," Shorrock said.

Once Shorrock collected himself, he went back to his seat and he had some explaining to do - he was gone forever. In a strange twist of fate, a man who helped him with CPR was sitting just a couple rows behind him.

"When I went back to my seat and he tapped me on the shoulder and I said, 'We're gonna remember this for the rest of our lives, not leaving without a picture,'" Shorrock said.

Shorrock hopes the young man is doing better. He's working on getting an update on his condition and hopes to visit with him on his next trip to Boston.



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