02/22/2010

Calif. police officer saves live, again

Officer Michael Smiley only had moments to make a decision

By Cynthia Lambert
SanLuisObispo.com

When he arrived in the parking lot at Spencer’s Market on Feb. 13, Senior Officer Michael Smiley of the Arroyo Grande Police Department only had moments to make a decision.

A man was slumped against the door and window of his Ford F-150. He appeared to be unconscious. He was having difficulty breathing. The truck’s doors and windows were locked, and the man’s foot was on the brake.

He had been leaving the parking lot, heading from the shopping center at 1464 East Grande Ave. onto Courtland Street — directly facing an assisted living facility.

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