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“These are the breaks!” Maybe that line from his classic song, “The Breaks” has a whole new meaning for rap pioneer Kurtis Blow.

The break he got was huge. The story happened last Saturday, but it’s just now becoming public.

After collapsing at a bus stop in LA’s San Fernando Valley, Blow – whose real name is Kurtis Walker – says four LAPD officers saved his life by giving him CPR.

“I died and those officers saved my life,” Walker said. “The police saved my life, a Black man. In this day and age, people need to hear that.”

Around 9pm on Saturday, the trio had responded to a bus stop near the Westfield Promenade. It was initially reported as a robbery call, but it turned out to just be an argument between Walker and his son. As officers talked to the pair, Walker collapsed..

“We didn’t think about it; we just acted. I swept his airway for obstructions, and Officer Hill started chest compressions,” Vege recalled.

Parra also noted that it looked like Walker was having “some sort of heart episode.”

At some point while doing CPR, Walker stopped breathing.

“It seemed like a really long time when you’re pressing on a man’s chest, hoping he won’t die,” Hill said.

According to witnesses, Officer Hill continued CPR for five minutes before paramedics arrived to take Walker to a hospital, where he asked to see the officers that had saved him.

“We didn’t think too much about what we had done, but we were curious to see how the man was doing,” Vega recalled. “So we drove to the hospital later that night, and several people made a big deal about us saving the man’s life.”


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