On Aug. 13, dashcam footage of Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Devers attending to the scene of a semitruck accident from April 28 was posted to the agency's Facebook page. The harrowing events that unfolded would result in the rescue of one man's life, and the recognition of another's heroic deeds. 
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According to the ABC 22 report, the incident happened between Piqua and Sidney, Ohio, along Interstate 75, when 53-year-old John Depue of Charlotte, Mich., veered off the road due to a medical condition not reported at this time. Devers' dashcam video shows him darting through the busted highway guardrail, down a slight slope, and through some brush toward Depue's semitruck. When Devers got close to the driver, he told reporters, "I found him to be unresponsive." 

That's when Devers' microphone picks up amazingly candid dialogue directed at Depue. "Come on keep breathing, keep breathing," instructs Devers as he anxiously awaits assistance from emergency crews. "Don't you die ... Don't you die on me, come on!" he shouts, followed by the CPR compression counts of, "one, two, three ..." 

The Highway Patrol states that it took approximately 12 minutes for emergency crews to respond to the scene, and by that time Devers had successfully been able to resuscitate Depue. After being rushed to Wilson Memorial Hospital, it is reported that Depue only survived thanks to the quick actions of the trooper.  Devers' gripping story earned him an official Certificate of Recognition and has certainly captured the nation's attention, as the official Facebook video has already been viewed over 12 million times.

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, August 13, 2015