A pair of police officers are the talk of the town after saving the life of a man who crashed into a building in Waikato on Sunday.
Constables Sam Watson and Brendon Veysey were notified of the incident in Te Rapa and immediately turned away from another scene, making their way to the heavily damaged car on foot.
The duo arrived at the scene to find the victim, who had driven into the side of a Target Furniture store in the area, struggling to breathe at the wheel.
They quickly removed him from the car and performed CPR, before other officers arrived with an automatic external defibrillator - the combination of which meant his breathing soon returned to normal.
The car was later found to have driven through a garden in the middle of Te Rapa Rd, before crashing through a steel fence and into the building.
Police have not yet revealed what caused the car to lose control, or the current condition of the driver.
Mr Watson and Mr Veysey later said they had been prepared well for the incident thanks to their training - though Senior Sergeant Neil Faulkner hinted that they were being a little modest.
"There is a big difference between training and real life. These officers kept their cool, with their actions ultimately proving life-saving," said Snr Sgt Faulkner.