An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper credited with saving the life of a tractor-trailer truck driver after a highway crash in April was honored Thursday, Aug. 13, with a Certificate of Recognition.
After a semi-truck crashed through a highway barrier deep into a ditch in Miami County, Ohio in April, Trooper Eric Devers got to the scene 12 minutes before paramedics arrived.
Devers rushed to aid the driver, who was still strapped inside the cab, reportedly taking low, gasping breaths.
"Keep breathing -- Don't you die! Don't you die on me! Come on!" the trooper says in the video as the driver's eyes rolled back into his head. The driver slumped over and stopped breathing, according to the highway patrol.
Devers can be heard counting out CPR chest compressions as he attempts to keep the man alive. A Good Samaritan who stopped to help kept the driver upright while CPR was performed, the highway patrol said.
The driver began breathing on his own and stabilized as medical personnel arrived, according to the highway patrol.
The driver was hospitalized and has since made a full recovery. The highway patrol says Devers saved the driver's life.