CORAL SPRINGS, FL - On his way home from work on Tuesday evening, Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony came up on an unconscious driver behind the wheel of a car in Coral Springs, so he performed CPR and is credited with saving the person’s life.
According to a Sheriff’s Office news release, Tony noticed the driver at an unidentified intersection in Coral Springs at around 7 pm. The light had turned green but the driver of the Cadillac CTS in front of the sheriff did not move.
Thinking the driver was distracted or on his cellphone, Tony honked his horn and then realizing something may be wrong, he called paramedics and walked up to the car. He saw that the driver was motionless.
“The driver wasn’t breathing and had no pulse,” Tony said in the news release. The driver's name was not immediately known.
The sheriff got the man out of the car and performed CPR. The sheriff said once the driver started to breathe and regained a faint pulse, he put the driver in a recovery position and waited for paramedics to arrive.
“While waiting for EMS, I continued to monitor the driver’s condition. I noticed he once again stopped breathing, and I couldn’t find a pulse,” Tony said. “Per CPR training protocols, I initiated CPR again. Several more cycles were performed, and the driver started breathing again,” he said.
By then, a Coral Springs police officer arrived, and he and Tony continued the resuscitation efforts. Paramedics eventually took the driver to Broward Health Coral Springs where he was treated and later released, according to the Sheriff’s Office.