An Ohio state trooper was recently honored for his efforts to save the life of a trucker whose rig had crashed last April.
Trooper Eric Devers was caught on his dash cam responding to a crash involving a tractor-trailer driven by 53-year-old John Depue, of Michigan. Apparently Depue drove off the travel lanes of Interstate 75, near the town of Piqua, after suffering some sort of medical emergency. Devers said that when he arrived on the scene, Depue was unresponsive and not breathing. Devers can be heard yelling, “Don’t you die on me!” and administering CPR. He performed CPR for 12 minutes until emergency medical personnel arrived.
Devers gave credit to two other truckers who stopped to help. “Without either of those gentlemen this would never have happened,” he told TV station WTTE.
Thanks to the efforts of Devers, as well as those of the other truckers and EMS personnel, Depue made a full recovery.
“It was a good feeling just knowing he was going home to his friends, his family, his loved ones,” Devers said. “That’s why we do what we do.”
Devers was recognized for his performance in front of his family and friends on August 13, when he was presented with a certificate of recognition by the Ohio State Highway Patrol Piqua.
Eric Devers’ conduct in this incident is an example of “to protect and to serve” at its finest.
Here’s a video report, via Fox45:
Featured image via Fox 45 screen capture