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Good samaritans and state trooper save life in roadside rescue

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There's probably no worse place to have a heart attack than behind the wheel of a running car. That very fate struck a 77-year-old northern Minnesota man this morning, but he couldn't have picked a better time for it to happen.

Wayne Waller of Saginaw was driving on Highway 2 near Cloquet with a passenger when he suddenly became unresponsive and crashed his truck into some trees on the side of the road, according to a release from the Department of Public Safety.

A Minnesota State Patrol trooper and a group of incredibly qualified good samaritans stopped to help. The DPS release says a retired firefighter, an off-duty firefighter, and a nurse were among the passersby who assisted in the rescue.

It could be hardly be called Waller's lucky day, but it's not hard to see his good fortune at work.

The report states the trooper treated Waller with his Automated External Defibrillator, while the firefighter and the nurse helped with CPR and rescue breaths, with the operation captured on the trooper's dash cam.

"The quick actions of the trooper and the people who stopped to help saved this man’s life,” State Patrol Capt. Steve Stromback said.

Not all of the heroes have been named, however. DPS says the woman who identified herself as a nurse and rendered life-saving aid remains unknown. Officials are asking her to step forward so she can be recognized along with the others for helping save a life.

After the group's efforts, Waller was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth. The woman with him was taken to Cloquet's Community Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and released soon thereafter. There's no word on Waller's condition.

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