EVERETT, Wash. -- Larry McLynne did not wake up Wednesday morning planning to save a life, but that is just what the Everett man did.

McLynne was in his apartment off of Evergreen Way when he heard a commotion. I heard a guy yelling someone stole my wife s purse, he said.

What followed was an unusual chain of events which would have McLynne wind up a reluctant hero, and Everett Police looking for a purse snatcher nearly led a 69 year old on a chase to his death.

Police say the man, whose name they did not release, walked to the local Safeway with his wife. When they came out of the store, a teen grabbed the woman s purse and ran. The man gave chase.

That s when McLynne and his neighbors heard the ruckus. I mean it was amazing, McLynne recounted, the whole apartment almost emptied after this guy.

One of McLynne s neighbors got his hands on the teen. During a brief struggle he was able to pull off the young man s shirt, hoodie and backpack. The thief though, made a daring jump over a chain link fence and got away.

McLynne says while everyone was watching the suspect, they didn t notice the husband had collapsed. We rolled him over and he wasn t breathing, McLynne said.

His eyes were rolled back up in his head, so the only thing I could do was give him CPR, he said.

McLynne admits he never had any formal training, but he remembered a series of television ads which showed how to perform chest compressions. McLynne kept pumping until a police officer took over.

By the time medics were on the scene, the husband was back from the brink. It was unbelievable, McLynne said, I ve never seen anything like it in my life.

Larry McLynne did not wake up thinking he d be a hero, but that is exactly what he has become. I don t know, the man came through it and lived, he said. It is not something I brag about but it was incredible.

Not a bad day after all.

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