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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.

Posted on May 6, 2014, at 11:34 a.m. ET

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber was on his way to dinner last night when he made a pitstop — to save someone's life.

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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.

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The woman had possibly suffered from a drug overdose and appeared to not be breathing, KPTV reports.

"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.

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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.'

Though it is not clear what her current condition is, fire crews said the woman was awake and talking when they arrived at the hospital.

This isn't the first time the governor has taken heroic actions: At a 2010 gubernatorial debate, he also tended to an audience member suffering a heart seizure.

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In 2005, he also ran after a thief and trapped him in a revolving door.

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.

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