An off-duty Kelowna police officer saved an elderly man's life who was found unconscious behind the wheel while stopped at a traffic light earlier this week.

RCMP Const. Scott Anderson was driving along Gordon Drive in Kelowna Tuesday, Oct. 25, on his day off and while stopped at a red light he saw a red Honda Civic with an elderly driver who didn’t advance once the light turned green, according to an RCMP news release.

Anderson drove through the intersection and decided to circle around to see if the car had moved but it hadn't. He stopped and saw the driver, who appeared to be unconscious, was slumped over the steering wheel.

He called 9-1-1 and attempted to wake the driver by knocking on the windows. He tried opening the doors but eventually used his elbow to break the rear passenger window. Once inside, he put the vehicle in park.

He checked the driver for a pulse but didn't find one. Firefighters arrived at the same time and immediately performed CPR.

Once the driver began breathing on his own he was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

“Scott is a kind, compassionate and professional police officer who takes pride in his work and the service he provides to the community,” RCMP Staff Sgt. Duncan Dixon said in the release.

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