An Ohio state trooper was honored this week for saving the life of a truck driver in April, but what’s now revealed in dash-cam video illustrates how desperately he worked to save the victim.

“Don’t you die on me!” he shouted to the driver.

Trooper Eric Devers of the Piqua Post received a Certificate of Recognition today for his actions while responding to a crash that helped save a commercial vehicle driver’s life. Trooper Devers found the driver belted in the driver’s seat, taking low, gasping breaths with eyelids half closed. After a short amount of time, the driver’s eyes rolled back into his head; he slumped over and quit breathing. A passerby who stopped to assist Trooper Devers kept the driver upright as Trooper Devers performed CPR chest compressions until EMS arrived. In total, Trooper Devers was on the scene for 12 minutes prior to medical personnel arriving, at which time the driver began breathing on his own and stabilized. The driver was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital and made a full recovery. In speaking with the family, medical personnel and witnesses at the scene, it is apparent the quick actions of Trooper Devers helped save the driver’s life.

Posted by Ohio State Highway Patrol on Thursday, August 13, 2015

The footage begins with trooper Eric Devers arriving at the scene along an interstate highway and running to the victim.

“Keep breathing for me, Devers instructs the victim. “Keep breathing, keep breathing.”

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