An Ohio trooper has been honored for saving the life of a truck driver in a heroic effort that was caught on dash cam video.
Trooper Eric Devers received a Certificate of Recognition last week for his actions in the crash on I-75 on April 28.
Incredible footage, which the Ohio State Highway Patrol shared to Facebook last week, shows Devers racing from his car and down an embankment to the truck, which had come off the road.
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.Posted by Ohio State Highway Patrol on Thursday, 13 August 2015
He found the driver belted in his seat, taking low, gasping breaths and with his eyelids half closed, according to authorities. The driver's eyes then rolled back in his head and he stopped breathing.
Audio reveals the trooper desperately trying to save him.
“Keep breathing for me,” Devers tells him.
He shouts: “Don’t you die on me! Don’t you die on me. Come on. Open your eyes. Come on!”
Devers counts as he performs chest compressions on the man. He can also be heard instructing a passerby, who had stopped to help.
"Hold his head," the trooper says. "Nice and easy."
At the end of the video, Devers says: "He’s breathing."
The trooper was at the scene for 12 minutes before medical staff arrived. The driver then started breathing on his own before he was taking to a nearby hospital.
He has made a full recovery, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
"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," they added.
Devers received a Certificate of Recognition on Thursday afternoon.
"It seemed like an eternity," Devers said, the Daily Call reported. "I fell back on my training."
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