Audio tells the story of trooper’s life-saving response

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An Ohio State Highway Patrolman hailed a hero, for saving a man’s life, but it’s the powerful audio that tells the real story.

“Don’t you die on me, don’t you die… c’mon,” exclaimed Trooper Eric Devers.

On April 28 at 3:23 p.m., Trooper Devers responded to a traffic accident involving a commercial vehicle into a metal guardrail. He was first on scene and found a 53-year-old truck driver from Charlotte, Michigan slumped over the the wheel, who had stopped breathing. You can hear Trooper Devers performing CPR chest compressions.
A passing truck driver stopped to help. The trooper instructs him to keep the man upright, while he continued compressions. Refusing to give up.

“C”mon, c’mon! Open your eyes! Let’s go, c’mon,” you hear Trooper Devers saying.

EMS arrived 12 minutes after Trooper Devers had been on scene. The man was breathing on his own again, stabilized and taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital where he made a full recovery, said OSP.

Thursday, Trooper Devers of the Piqua Post was awarded a Certificate of Recognition. He has been on the job for a little more than a year, and said he relied on training. His superiors marveled at his professionalism.

“It’s kind of surreal,” he said. “Growing up with all of the superheroes, you know, Spiderman and Batman, you think about saving lives and then to actually go and be that person to somebody, knowing he’s going to go home and see his family, his grandkids, it’s humbling.”
A humble hero, who said he did what any of his brothers and sisters in gray would’ve done. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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