Gaines successfully performed CPR on businessman Tony Wright who had a heart attack in his place of business just off US 231. Gaines was on the scene before medical personnel and said his training took over, and that is being credited with keeping Wright alive.
“It’s a euphoric feeling to know you helped save a life,” he said.
The City Council honored Gaines with a special proclamation, with Wright in attendance, and Gaines was also presented the American Police Hall of Fame Lifesaving Award for his actions.
Police officers are on the job to protect the public, and they train for a wide range of circumstances they might encounter on the job. Mayor Joe Funderburg called it “a perfect example” of what police officers do every day in the line of duty, and beyond the call of duty.
Law enforcement officers are too often taken for granted, but Gaines’ recognition is a great reminder that they are on the job to protect the public any way they can.