This guy deserves a medal.
A driver’s quick thinking and courageous jump into a moving vehicle helped end a potentially dangerous situation of a driver having a seizure behind the wheel in Illinois. A police officer’s dashcam captured the whole thing, including the heroic moment.
A patrolling officer in Dixon, Illinois, on June 2 spotted a sedan run a red light, and the vehicle then drove at low speed in the wrong lane of the road. A pickup even had to back out of the way to avoid being hit. “The driver of the truck could see the driver of the car and observed that something looked medically wrong,” according a post by the police department on Facebook.
Once safely out of the way, the pickup’s driver, Randy Tompkins, burst into action. He jumped through the passenger window of the moving vehicle and was quickly able to get it stopped. Tompkins also checked to see if the driver was choking. Police were at the car within seconds and called for an ambulance. “We want to thank Tompkins for his heroism and for coming to a complete stranger's aid,” the department wrote on Facebook.
Medical crews arrived, and the sedan’s driver reportedly responded well their treatment, according to Saukvalley.com. He went to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
"He was in danger himself, and he was a danger to others," Tompkins told Saukvalley.com. "My adrenaline was pumping, and I just reacted."
Police are treating this this as a medical call rather than a crime, and the sedan’s driver doesn’t face any charges. His vehicle didn’t cause any damage.