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Vet springs into action when woman collapses at restaurant on Veterans Day

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A veteran is being credited with his quick thinking when he sprang into action after a woman collapsed at a restaurant on Veterans Day.

Mitchell Spurlock was just one of dozens of veterans at Applebee's in Olathe on Monday. The restaurant served free meals to vets on Veterans Day.

"Definitely appreciative of it, it was really neat I got to eat with other veterans, we had our own section, it was great," Spurlock said.

But this wasn't any other meal. As Spurlock was finishing his cheeseburger an elderly woman passed out on the floor and Spurlock sprang into action.

"I checked to see if she had a pulse, I didn't feel a pulse, she wasn't breathing, so I began chest compressions," he said.

Spurlock knew CPR from his time in the Army.

"You just go to your training, I didn't even think about it, I just acted, got the job done," he said. "She needed help, so I just jumped in and helped the best I could. Fortunately it seemed to help her."

Many are calling Spurlock a hero.

"I've been in the restaurant business for a while and you hear stories of people needing emergency medical assistance. This was the first time I'd seen it," said Barclay Berberian, the general manager at the Applebee's.

Berberian was working Monday when he said Spurlock saved a life.

"It was amazing to see all the vets working together. When the paramedics arrived, she became responsive and, as they moved her to a stretcher, everyone clapped. It was just an amazing environment of people coming together to help this lady," he said.

Paramedics took the woman to a hospital to be checked out. Spurlock, who now works as a deputy for the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, said it was all just part of his job.

"I'm sure any other officer, deputy would have done the same exact thing in that situation," he said.

Berberian said several patrons of the restaurant wanted to see how the elderly woman was doing and possibly send flowers, but they haven't gotten any updates.

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