A GUT-wrenching photo has shown a single father hanging onto his son’s toy after dying and being revived three times following a freak accident while driving at only 10mph.
The dad and cop from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Jeremy McCain, 36, is currently in the hospital after being seriously injured in a car wreck.
McCain was driving 10mph on the campus of Oklahoma Christian Schools when he crashed into a partially opened security gate.
The gate went through the windshield of the cop’s patrol car, crushed his chest, and pinned him inside.
Bystanders were able to save his life after they “jumped right in there, started performing CPR,” said Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III.
Johnson added: “It’s truly a miracle that he’s still with us.”
“We were told that there were two off-duty medical professionals that reacted quickly and gave my brother a fighting chance by performing life-saving care until the ambulance arrived, the McCain family said.
The 11-year veteran of the sheriff’s office “died three times that evening,” Johnson said.
McCain first died at the scene but “we were able to get him back, Johnson said.
The second time McCain died was in the emergency room.
“Doctors opened his chest and began to massage his heart for 10 minutes,” said Johnson.
Doctors were able to revive McCain again after dying for a third time in the operating room.
McCain’s hand was pictured in a hospital bed, which was released by the sheriff’s office, holding onto one of his son’s favorite toys.
The cop is a single father of a boy with autism.
“Jeremy’s everything to this kid,” Johnson said.
“And I think it’s a lot to be a cop and devote your life to a community and to the service, but also have someone that needs you just as much.”
McCain had a broken neck and required 60 units of blood while at the hospital.
While his CT scans showed functioning brain activity, the extent of McCain’s injuries is unclear at this time.
“We have a long road to recovery and we are asking that everyone please continue to send prayers for the speedy recovery for Jeremy,” the McCain family said.
Johnson said no one is at fault for the accident.
“There’s no negligence,” Johnson said. “It’s just an accident that we wish we never had to speak about. But unfortunately we’re here.”
A candlelight vigil for McCain is set for Wednesday night at OU Medical, where McCain is being treated for his injuries.
Oklahoma Christian Schools released a statement about McCain, who works as a school resource officer on campus.
“Deputy McCain is loved by our school community – faculty, parents, and especially our students,” said Dr. Al King, Headmaster of Oklahoma Christian Schools.
“He knows them by name, greets them each morning as they arrive on campus, and makes every child feel special.”
McCain “has been diligent to provide security and a law enforcement presence on our campus, as well as serve as a caring role model for our students,” Dr. King said.
The headmaster added: “This accident has deeply affected everyone in our school.
“Our whole community is praying for him and is committed to supporting him in his recovery.”