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Oregon Governor Leaps From His Car To Perform CPR On Ailing Woman

Fire crews were surprised when they arrived to find the governor, a former doctor, working tirelessly at the scene.

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The former emergency room doctor ordered his driver to stop when he spotted a woman who needed help in downtown Portland. With medical equipment he had in the car, he performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

"It was definitely a surprise to see him there," Lt. Alan Ferschweiler said upon arriving at the scene, where the governor was working tirelessly to save the motionless stranger.

He added, "It was great work by the governor, and I was proud to see him do his work, and to take over for him.'


In a statement to KPTV, Kitzhaber's office said the governor was grateful he was in the right place at the right time to help the woman.

The governor is glad the woman is OK, and he wishes her well. He was very glad that he was in the right place to be able to help her. His hope is that she gets the treatment she needs so that this doesn't happen again.

Rachel Zarrell is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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