On Friday, August 9, 2013, Officer Downer was off-duty when he came upon a serious accident on Highway 411 in White, Georgia. One of the victims appeared to be unconscious and not breathing. Officer Downer began performing CPR and did so until EMS arrived on the scene. The victim was transported to the hospital and survived. EMS responders stated that if Officer Downer had not administered CPR, the subject most likely would not have survived.