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Secret Service officers save woman who collapsed near White House

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WASHINGTON - Normally, they're busy guarding the White House and protecting the President, but two Secret Service agents came to the rescue of a woman who collapsed in D.C. on Thursday.  

Secret Service officers William Grimmer and Thomas Hammond have both been in the uniformed division for about five years, and even trained together.  At about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, some of what they've learned helped them save a woman's life.  

Officer Grimmer told FOX 5 he was on patrol at 17th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House when saw the woman collapse.  She was walking with her husband when it happened.  Officer Hammond was nearby on a bike, and he rushed over to help, too.  

Officer Hammond is a Secret Service EMT, and that training really paid off.  The woman had no pulse and wasn't breathing.  Surveillance cameras captured the whole thing on video.  

Fortunately, cruisers are equipped with automatic defibrillators.  The officers started doing CPR and the woman and used the AED to resuscitate her. They tended to her until emergency crews arrived and took her to George Washington University Hospital, where she remained hospitalized on Friday night. 

Officer Hammond and Officer Grimmer told FOX 5 they didn't really feel like heroes, and they were just doing the jobs they were trained to do. 

In the last nine months, Secret Service officers have responded to 100 different medical emergencies around the White House.  Some were as minor as a sprained ankle, but others were more serious-- like cardiac arrest.  

In all, there are about 1,400 Secret Service officers in the uniformed division.  They work patrolling the White House campus on foot, in cruisers and on bikes.  They also serve as what they call "counter snipers" on top of the White House, as well as in special operations and the dogs in canine response.

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