An Ohio state trooper was honored this week for saving the life of a truck driver in April, but what’s now revealed in dash-cam video illustrates how desperately he worked to save the victim.
“Don’t you die on me!” he shouted to the driver.
The footage begins with trooper Eric Devers arriving at the scene along an interstate highway and running to the victim.
“Keep breathing for me, Devers instructs the victim. “Keep breathing, keep breathing.”
Then the driver stops breathing.
“Don’t you die!” the trooper shouts. “Don’t you die on me! Don’t you die on me! Come on! Come on!”
Then he can be heard counting while performing chest compressions.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol posted the dash-cam video on its Facebook page Thursday, together with this description::
Trooper Eric Devers of the Piqua Post received a Certificate of Recognition today for his actions while responding to a crash that helped save a commercial vehicle driver’s life.
Trooper Devers found the driver belted in the driver’s seat, taking low, gasping breaths with eyelids half closed. After a short amount of time, the driver’s eyes rolled back into his head; he slumped over and quit breathing. A passerby who stopped to assist Trooper Devers kept the driver upright as Trooper Devers performed CPR chest compressions until EMS arrived.
In total, Trooper Devers was on the scene for 12 minutes prior to medical personnel arriving, at which time the driver began breathing on his own and stabilized. The driver was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital and made a full recovery. In speaking with the family, medical personnel and witnesses at the scene, it is apparent the quick actions of Trooper Devers helped save the driver’s life.
Both the Facebook post and the video went viral. The post received over 164,000 “likes” and was shared by more than 130,000 Facebook users. The video itself has been viewed more than 6 million times.
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