The police officer ended up driving to a man who had been in a car accident and gave him CPR (stock picture) (Picture: Getty Images)
A policeman who randomly took a 12-mile detour and ended up saving someone from a heart attack said the ‘voice of God’ told him to do it.
The officer, known as David to protect his identity, was on patrol when a voice in his head told him to deviate from his usual route. He ended up coming across Noel Maguire, 52, who had crashed his car into a hedge after suffering a heart attack.
David told his partner ‘that’s what we’re here for’ when they turned the corner and saw Mr Maguire’s car in the Northern Irish village of Derrylin.
The two officers gave Mr Maguire CPR while members of the public blocked them off from oncoming traffic.
David told the Belfast Telegraph: ‘We were praying over this man and doing CPR, and I told one of the members of the public to go to the local shop and get the defibrillator.
‘We had brought him round with CPR but lost him, then we used the defibrillator and brought him back again.’
An air ambulance took Mr Maguire to hospital where doctors said he only had a 5% chance of surviving. But after 10 days, Mr Maguire made a full recovery.
His partner Jenny Farrell said: ‘Noel wasn’t lucky, he was blessed. I personally believe that God put all of those people in the right place at the right time.
‘When I got to intensive care that night, they told me Noel had a 5% chance of survival.
‘They said even if he had survived he would have had brain and heart problems but he has none of that. God doesn’t do half miracles.’
This is not the first time David has felt God speaking to him. He claims he was once told to pray with a man who was going to jump off a bridge.
Eventually the two men left the bridge together. ‘That’s the sort of thing that happens. It is amazing’, he said.
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