A driver has been named a Highway Angel after his brave actions saved the life of a fellow trucker having a heart attack in another vehicle.
David Webb, a driver for Wilson Logistics based out of Springfield, Mo., was driving eastbound on State Route 2 in Washington when the incident occurred. According to the press release from the Truckload Carriers Association, Webb and his wife Carol saw a dump truck with a pup trailer swerve suddenly into a barrier. The truck was grinding against the guard rail, but wasn’t stopping and its driver was slumped over the steering wheel.
Webb pulled his truck over and chased down the other vehicle while Carol called 911.
When Webb finally caught up with the truck, he opened the door and pressed the brakes. When he tried rousing the driver, he realized that the man wasn’t breathing. Pulling the driver from his seat, Webb began to perform CPR, assisted by two other motorists who had stopped to help. They kept going until the ambulance arrived.
Aided by Webb’s brave actions, the driver was brought to a local hospital where he recovered.
This is not the first time TruckersReport has run a story about hero truckers administering CPR to save a life. Unfortunately, only 30% of Americans know how. Anyone can learn CPR, and incidents like these showcase what an important life-saving skill it can be.
According to The American Heart Association, 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur every year in the US. If CPR is performed immediately by a bystander, the chance of survival can double or triple. Most shockingly, since 88% of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur at home, if you know CPR, the person you’re most likely to save is a family member.
If you don’t have time for a class – which is the most effective way to learn to perform CPR – you can view a quick video on the American Heart Association website here.