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JIM WASHINGTON
The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va.

CHESAPEAKE -- A double dose of good luck saved an unidentified jogger Monday.
The man was running near the border of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach when he collapsed, according to police.
Twin brothers Justin and Brandon Bowman chatted nearby in their police cruisers. Justin is a Chesapeake police officer; Brandon is an officer with the Virginia Beach department.
The call came in at about 11:15 a.m. for an injured person near the border of their two cities, on Kempsville Road and Dunn Loring Drive, so the 25-year-old brothers responded.
They found the man lying on the ground, unresponsive. Justin checked for a pulse. He could not find one. The man was not breathing.
Justin started CPR while Brandon grabbed a defibrillator from his cruiser. The brothers worked together, Justin doing CPR with Brandon administering a shock. After several cycles of CPR, Justin felt a pulse.
When paramedics loaded the man onto the ambulance a few minutes later, he was breathing on his own.
"It was an unreal feeling," Justin Bowman said later in the day. "He was DOA, and we brought him back. We looked at each other like, 'We just saved someone's life.' "
The man did not have ID on him, according to police. He is described as a Hispanic man in his 40s wearing black athletic shorts and running shoes. He was taken to Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.
It wasn't the first time the Bowman brothers worked together in their three years as police officers, although it was the first time either had brought someone back from the brink of death.
"What are the chances that we'd be 30 seconds away from where it happened, have the right equipment and know what we're doing?" Justin Bowman said. "And I handled the situation with my bro."
One of the first people they called afterward, of course, was their mom, who happens to be a nurse.
"She was excited," Justin Bowman said. "She was so happy. Just really excited and proud."

Story From: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
 
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