Jeff Francis left his father’s bedside Monday afternoon to thank the off-duty Overland Park police officer who saved his dad’s life on Friday.
“I don’t even know what to say,” said Francis, whose father, Ken, was rescued by Travis Brady.
“I’m thrilled to meet him,” he said. “I don’t know how you’d thank someone for giving their father some more years on the earth.”
Brady was about to start swimming laps at Genesis Health Club on Friday when he noticed a man facedown in the water. After jumping in the pool and pulling him out, Brady and the gym staff performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.
“Everything just aligned,” Francis said. If Brady hadn’t seen the situation, if someone hadn’t found a defibrillator, if the ambulance had been slower, it could have been much worse — but Francis doesn’t like to think about that.
Ken Francis, 71, is now recovering in the hospital.
“It’s all looking very promising, due to the fact that Travis jumped in so quick and minimized potential damage,” Francis said.
Brady agreed that Francis would probably have died if he hadn’t jumped in.
“I think I was just in the right place at the right time,” Brady said.
Brady has served in the Overland Park Police Department for four years; he received its Distinguished Service Award last year. He’s been nominated for the department’s Lifesaving Award for the rescue, according to spokesman Richard Breshears.
“It was no surprise to me when I found out that Officer Brady saw a situation that needed immediate action and then took that action even though he was off the clock,” said Chief Francis Donchez on Monday. “I’m proud of Officer Brady.”
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