“Don’t you die,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Devers can be heard saying to a trucker after an accident, the truckers eyes rolling back into his head. And then, Devers gets louder. “DON’T YOU DIE ON ME! DON’T YOU DIE ON ME! C’MON!”
Devers’ quick thinking and CPR managed to save trucker John Depue’s life back in April, according to CBS News, and trooper Devers was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for his role in the incident. Devers can be heard in the video counting chest compressions, as he worked to bring Depue back from the brink.
From the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Facebook page:
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.
Ohio State Highway Patrolman Eric Devers, you’re alright. Real alright.