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Van Buren County Sheriff's deputy saves fellow officer's life during mid-flight emergency

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VAN BUREN COUNTY (WKZO) -- A Van Buren County Sheriff's deputy has helped the save the life of a fellow Michigan police officer during a mid-flight medical emergency.

Deputy Brian Matthews was on a flight returning from Arizona where several officers had attended Drug Recognition Expert training when another officer suffered a medical emergency.  When no one on board identified themselves as a doctor, Matthews stepped up as a trained EMT, determining that an emergency landing was needed to rush the officer to a hospital.

Matthews rendered aid until the plane landed in Des Moines, Iowa, ensuring the officer received the medical attention needed within a critical three-hour window.  Had they not landed, they would have set down in Chicago, and by then it may have been too late.  As a result, the officer was at a hospital just 83-minutes after the initial emergency began.

Matthews has been awarded a Life Saving Award by the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office for his actions.

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