Cops, donuts and donut shops. Usually when you think of cops and donuts it’s a standing joke or at least a stereotype for many. Even on certain TV shows, like ‘The Simpsons’ or ‘Family Guy’, you will usually see a policeman depicted in a scene eating donuts. Well for this young girl, she’s going to have a very different opinion when it comes to police officers and donuts.
John O’Rourke is an Indiana University-Indianapolis police officer. On March 28th, O’Rourke had traveled to Sanford, Florida to get married. He was just going to make one stop before his wedding….at a donut shop. Thankfully for this little girl, it’s a good thing he did.
Now, because of THAT one stop on his wedding day, John will have something else significant to remember and maybe even a second lifetime bond as well.
It looks like law enforcement officers don’t get days off, even on their wedding days, apparently. Indiana University – Indianapolis Police Officer John O’Rourke was suddenly called to save the day right before he walked down the aisle.
O’Rourke was in the Orlando area for his upcoming wedding and decided to grab breakfast at “Donuts to Go” only hours ahead of the ceremony. There, the off-duty cop was suddenly called into action.
As he was waiting in line, he noticed a loud commotion happening in the dining room. Soon, he realized that a 3-year-old girl was having a seizure.
Seeing that the paramedics were not yet called, O’Rourke sprang into action. He instructed bystanders to call 911 as he began emergency medical procedures.
After a few minutes of chest compressions and rescue breathing, the young girl regained consciousness. Soon after, medical assistance arrived; the girl was absolutely fine thanks to Officer O’Rourke.
When the crisis was over, restaurant staff thanked the officer with…you guessed it….a box of doughnuts.
O’Rourke said in a statement posted on FB,
“I just sat in my car, for about 20 minutes, processing everything,… “It had to be a donut shop…you can’t make this up.”
Well, because of his timing of being at the right place at the right time, O’Rourke saved this young girl’s life hours before walking down the aisle and saying ‘I do’! It looks like for police officer John O’Rourke, now he may have more than one person who will consider him, ‘the love of her life’. Talk about timing.
By the way, just a little tidbit…where and when this stereotype start of police officers and donuts start?
As to the “when”, that isn’t quite clear. It’s been around as early as the 50’s, but there doesn’t seem to be much documentation of it. As to the ‘why’. Well, that’s easy, if you think about it. Police officers were looking for a good cup of coffee late or early. Guess what type of businesses happened to be open in either late in the evening or early in the morning to support police officers – diners or doughnut shops.
So there you have it. Police officers and donuts is quite the stereotype that has been around for awhile now. But for this little 3-year-old girl and this police officer, it’s a good thing there’s still a connection between donuts and cops. It turns out, if the timing’s right, it can sometimes be a lifesaving event.
Kudos to John O’Rourke and all our men/women in blue! They are are everyday ‘super heroes’.
One more note of interest about cops and donuts….Cops throughout the state in Illinois actually climb atop about 174 doughnut shops every year during their annual ‘Cop on a Rooftop’ fundraiser for the Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Illinois. Just one more reason to support cops and donuts.
Let us know if you think John O’Rourke was a ‘super hero’ in the comments section.
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