10 amazing stories of highway troopers.
1. 12 minutes is not much. But it seems like an eternity when you’re trying to save someone’s life. Ohio State Trooper Eric Devers responded to a crash where the driver’s truck careened down a 60-foot embankment from the highway.
He raced down to John Depue, who was in bad shape, and started giving him chest compressions, yelling “Dont you die on me, don’t you die on me!”
He kept encouraging Depue to breathe, saying “Don’t give up on me!”
After a rough 12 minutes at the scene, Depue was transported to a nearby hospital. Had it not been for Trooper Devers, Depue would certainly have died.
The truck driver later recovered, and credits Devers for saving his life.
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
2. On a busy Connecticut highway last Christmas, a woman was being driven to a hospital to give birth. But that baby wasn’t going to wait till they got to the hospital. So the driver, the woman’s brother, pulled over on Route 2 and was trying to flag down someone to help them when Trooper Greg Capps happened by, just in time to deliver a healthy baby boy.
3. In Marion, South Carolina, a woman was driving along the highway when her daughter, Eysley, who was in the back seat, became unresponsive, suffering a seizure. So she drove up to where State Trooper Lance Corporal Kenneth Small was parked and frantically told him about her 5-year-old daughter’s condition.
He quickly laid Eysley across the backseat and put his head to her chest. There was no heartbeat. She was gray and blue under her eyes. She was not breathing and she was cold and clammy. She was most certainly dead.
Small immediately started doing CPR and chest compressions on the little girl. A minute passed. No response. Than another minute passed. Still nothing. But the trooper did not give up. And he started whispering a prayer. “Lord, I need your help,” he said softly.
A few seconds later, there was a faint cough from Eysley. He continued the CPR and the compressions… and the prayers. After a few more minutes, Eysley was coming back. By the time the ambulance arrived, Eysley was sitting up in his arms and crying. But she was Ok now.
Eysley’s mom gives the trooper all the credit for saving her daughter’s life.
4. In another part of South Carolina… Okatie, to be exact, a woman’s SUV broke down on busy Highway 170, stranding her and her autistic son. To make matters worse, temperatures hovered near 100 degrees. 10 minutes after calling for help, Trooper Adam Klimek arrived and had the two wait in his air-conditioned patrol car while they waited on a tow-truck. The trooper also let the boy watch a Curious George cartoon on his computer to calm him down.
After the tow-truck came for the car, the trooper took the mother and her son to a cafe, and even gave the boy his hat and his badge. The mother was thrilled with her son’s reaction and viewed the experience as an extremely positive one.
5. An unidentified man ran toward a bridge to jump off of it when Riverdale, New Jersey Police Sgt. Greg Bogert ran him down and tackled him.
The man had been walking in traffic and was reported to police when Bogert responded to the scene. The man was restrained and taken to a hospital.
6. A few years ago, a little chihuahua got lost on a busy California highway. The little girl dog was stranded on the narrow edge of a highway median. Then Highway Patrol Officer Alex Edmond and his partner drove up and, with Animal Control Services, got the frightened dog to safety.
She quickly had someone ready to adopt her.
7. A woman was driving along a California highway with her family when her car caught fire. Fortunately, Highway Patrol Officer Kaleo Clissold was following right behind them when it happened.
He immediately used a loudspeaker to get the woman to pull over. When she did, the car was filled with smoke. Clissold rush to the car and quickly pulled out two young children from the back seat.
Fortunately, everyone was ok, and the officer made a few new friends.
8. In Brighton, Colorado, a terrible wreck off the highway claimed a father’s life. But as rescue workers arrived, Officer Nick Struck took one of the young children from the overturned vehicle and comforted her by singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and pointing out sights away from the wreckage.
Struck knew instinctively what to do, especially since he had a 2-year-old daughter at home himself. The young girl’s mother and another child were air-lifted to a hospital and rescue workers said no one in the car was wearing a seatbelt.
9. State Trooper Luke Bonin of Massachusetts spotted a homeless mother of four panhandling on the side of the road. So what do you suppose he did? He drove past her, picked up some food at a nearby restaurant, returned to the woman and shared a lunch with her.
He sat on the bumper of his car and had a picnic with her. He could have given her a citation. He could have taken her in. Instead, he did something that was photographed by a passing motorist and shared on Facebook more than 100,000 times.
10. In Washington state, Highway 546 is a busy one. So it was quite unusual to see a patrol car chasing a scooter that was doing about 6 mph.
It was being driven by a woman well into her 80s. But trooper Dave Hintz wasn’t chasing the woman. He was actually protecting her by giving her an escort until she pulled over and came to a stop.
The woman had gotten confused while riding to a coffee shop just off the highway.
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