Two off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officers who are married helped save a woman who went into full cardiac arrest last month, officials announced Friday.
Officers Frank and Susan Garcia were dining at a Benihana restaurant in the 3700 block of Inland Empire Boulevard with their three kids when they saw the 71-year-old woman.
Patrons called 911 while both officers began performing CPR on the woman until an ambulance arrived.
The woman, Marcy Schneidmiller, a retired teacher from Chino, was taken to a hospital where she stayed for five days.
Schneidmiller has stage 4 colon cancer and had just left the hospital when the incident occurred.
Schneidmiller’s 22-year-old granddaughter, Amanda Chavez said her grandmother wouldn’t have survived if it wasn’t for the officers’ efforts.
"I was just staring at my grandmother, watching her lose life," Chavez said.
She added that emergency responders had to shock her grandmother four times in the heart to "bring her back to life."
The Garcias also drove Chavez to the hospital to be by her grandmother's side.
The officers reunited with Schneidmiller outside her home on Friday and both families exchanged hugs and words of thanks.
Susan Garcia said that any other officer in the same situation would have done the same thing.
"I'm just really happy. It's the best birthday present ever, to see you here," Garcia told Schneidmiller.
Schneidmiller shared Friday that the couple are "wonderful" and that she appreciated what they did for her.
"Thank you so much, really," Schneidmiller told the Garcias Friday. "I would not be alive right now if it wasn't for you."