Good samaritans and state trooper save life in roadside rescue

Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

Next Up

bonfire burning restrictions fire

7 counties added to Minnesota DNR's campfire burning ban

This comes amid the ongoing drought that's impacting the entire state.

storm damage

Storm damage in northern MN; severe weather threat through Wednesday

Storms could pack a punch again Tuesday and especially Wednesday.

oscar ortiz = moorhead manhunt

Moorhead police searching for 'armed and dangerous' murder suspect

The Moorhead PD is asking property owners to check their surveillance equipment for the suspect.

Michael Pineda

Twins' trade targets raise their value in win over Tigers

Michael Pineda pitched well but Taylor Rogers left the game with an injury.

Flickr - state capitol minneosta - Ken Lund

Criminal charges possible for woman who drove on State Capitol grounds

She drove on the sidewalk and lawn, and at one point waved a large "Trump 2020" flag out the window.

training camp

10 things fans should know before going to Vikings training camp

Masks are not required, but strongly encouraged for the unvaccinated.

4852014184_b86eb6b123_k

Cases of COVID-19 linked to Provincetown outbreak found in Minnesota

There have been more than 550 cases linked to the Massachusetts tourist destination since the 4th of July weekend.

Related