Cop Screams 'Don't You Die On Me!' As He Tends To Crash Victim
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.
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.