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 driverÃ¢ÂÂs life. Trooper Devers found the driver belted in the driverÃ¢ÂÂs seat, taking low, gasping breaths with eyelids half closed. After a short amount of time, the driverÃ¢ÂÂs 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 driverÃ¢ÂÂs life.Posted by Ohio State Highway Patrol on Thursday, August 13, 2015
Trooper Eric Devers received a commendation last week for performing CPR on the crash victim. John Depue was driving a semi when he lost control of the rig and smashed through a guardrail. His truck then rolled down a steep embankment. The dashboard camera on Devers' cruiser recorded the officer scrambling down the embankment towards the injured trucker.
When he got there Devers found Depue barely conscious and taking short, shallow breaths. The driver's condition deteriorated further and he passed out and stopped breathing. Another driver stopped to help Devers and the trooper can be heard asking the Good Samaritan to assist as he frantically performed CPR.
"Come on, keep breathing," Devers can be heard to say over and over again to the driver. "Don't you die. Don't you die on me! Come on. Come on!" He counts out chest compressions and keeps yelling at Depue to open his eyes. Twelve minutes late emergency responders arrive on the scene and stabilize Depue. he was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, OH.
"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," the Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a Facebook post about the incident. Depue was taken to the hospital and made a full recovery. Devers received a Certificate of Recognition for his actions.