Piqua, OH — In April, truck driver John Depue had a medical emergency while he was driving his semi through Miami County. His distress caused him to run off the road, sending his 18-wheeler careening off of an embankment.
Trooper Eric Devers of the Piqua Post was the first person on the scene, who arrived approximately 12 minutes before paramedics. When Devers found Depue, he was losing consciousness, and his eyes were rolling back into his head. He was barely breathing.
The sound from the officer’s mic picked up the event that happened next and paints a heroic picture. Depue stopped breathing, and Devers began to perform CPR. You can hear the officer pleading with the driver to “keep breathing” and telling Depue “don’t die on me!”
Eventually, the CPR would prove to be successful, and Depue would begin breathing again, just in time for the paramedics to load him into the ambulance.
Depue was transported to a nearby hospital, and Devers was credited with saving his life.
All too often we see police officers mistake medical distress for “resisting” or “DUI.” The Free Thought Project has extensively reported on this lack of training for medical distress by police officers.
In December, Casey Kressin’s wife was rushing him to the hospital when they were stopped by a Chippewa Falls police officer. Instead of helping this man, who was in obvious medical distress due to a severe asthma attack, the officer detained the couple on the side of the road. The dashcam caught Kressin’s final moments alive as the officer simply watched him die.
Kressin’s tragic death is anything but isolated. Case after case of officers beating, tasering, and detaining those in medical distress have been documented.
When the Free Thought Project sees officers like Devers act in the interest of preserving human life, instead of ending it, we think it deserves attention. Below is a video of what Americans expect from their public servants.