A quick response by two officers utilizing a portable defibrillator and chest compressions resuscitated a 54-year-old man who had stopped breathing at the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, police said Wednesday.

Two police officers in the area overheard the dispatched medical aid broadcast a little after 4:25 p.m. Monday, said Costa Mesa police Lt. Greg Scott.

Within three minutes they found the man at the mall’s ECCO shoe store, lying on his back, purple, unresponsive and with a faint pulse, Scott said.

After officers administered aid, arriving paramedics rushed the man to a hospital, Scott said.

His condition was not immediately known.

–City News Service

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