Police sergeant honored for saving Clarksville man’s life

Police sergeant honored for saving Clarksville man's life (Image 1)
Police sergeant honored for saving Clarksville man's life (Image 1)

A Clarksville police sergeant was honored on Friday for his efforts that saved a man's life last fall.

Sgt. Johnny Ferguson was the recipient of the Life Savers Award, an honor given by the Clarksville Police Department.

Last September Ferguson responded to Tommy Bowles home, who suffered a major heart attack.

“They said it was a 49-year-old white male who had collapsed,” Ferguson recalled. “He was not breathing and was turning blue.”

The police sergeant quickly began performing CPR until the paramedics arrived, saving his life.

“I started doing chest compressions and when I got to about the tenth one he took a breath inward,” Ferguson said.   

Bowles added, “He got there just in the nick of time. [I had] felt fine all day. The doctor said if it hadn't been for him, I wouldn't have made it.”

Ferguson told Nashville's News 2 he has performed CPR multiple times in his career, but this was his first life saving event.

“After 15 years of law enforcement, I've done CPR 19 times. Mr. Bowles is the only person to live,” he said.

Since the traumatic initial meeting, Bowles and Sergeant Ferguson have become friends and are looking forward to going fishing together in the spring.

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