A cop and a good Samaritan saved the life of a veteran who suffered a heart attack while driving to a funeral in Manhattan on Tuesday, police sources and witnesses said.
Vietnam vet Bobby Mitchell, 68, was driving to a funeral at 11 a.m. when his heart suddenly stopped and he swerved on West 127th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard, coming to a halt in the middle of the street, sources said.
“He was slumped over in his car, gasping for air,” said Ray Williams, a construction worker who pulled him from the blue Dodge Charger and flagged down three police officers.
NYPD Officer Ruth Mateo rushed to Mitchell’s side and performed chest compressions for two minutes while other officers called an ambulance EMS workers arrived and zapped him with a defibrillator — jolting him back to life, sources said.
Mitchell was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he was recovering Tuesday afternoon, the sources said.
“He died and was brought back. I’d hope someone would do the same for me,” Williams said.