McKINNEY (March 18, 2014) — While enjoying a day off work, McKinney Police Corporal Melissa Taylor saw a citizen in distress in the parking lot of a local fast food restaurant. She knew exactly what to do and immediately initiated Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, commonly known as CPR.

Thanks to Corporal Taylor’s training and quick response, the patient survived and is now recovering. In a note to Corporal Taylor, the patient’s daughter expressed the thanks of her family, “... The doctors say you saved his life. There are no words to express our gratitude ...”

McKinney Police Corporal Melissa Taylor

McKinney Police Corporal Melissa Taylor

CPR is a life-saving measure everyone should learn – you don’t need to be a medical professional. Knowing CPR empowers you to help someone who is in distress. You never know when you may need this skill to save the life of a loved one, or even a complete stranger.

“Bystander CPR saved this patient’s life,” commented McKinney Assistant Fire Chief Tim Mock. “Corporal Taylor’s actions revived and kept this gentleman alive until emergency medical crews arrived.”

For more information on CPR training, call the American Heart Association at 1-800-242-8721 or visit


About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population exceeding 149,000. Incorporated in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list for 2012. Visit the city’s website at

About the McKinney Police Department

Your safety is the McKinney Police Department’s highest concern. From traffic enforcement and the Mounted Unit to School Resource and the Problem Solving Team, every unit in the department shares the same priority — to serve and protect you. The Police Department is located at 2200 Taylor-Burk Dr. in McKinney. Non-emergency number is 972-547-2700. Lobby hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit