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Quick reaction saves driver's life

October 9, 2012
Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - A truck driver who suffered an apparent heart attack while driving on state Route 39 Monday afternoon may have been saved by the quick action of several West Virginia Department of Transportation workers.

City police reported that the WVDOT workers had seen a tractor-trailer riding along the Jersey barrier between Jackson Street and the Newell Bridge just before 1 p.m.

They were able to get the truck stopped by jumping into the cab, where they found Charles I. Peck, Jr., 57, slumped over the wheel having what appeared to be a heart attack.

The workers managed to pull Peck from the truck and Robert Shilling began administering CPR until a Lifeteam ambulance arrived on the scene.

Peck, whose address was not reported, was transported to East Liverpool City Hospital and then flown to Mercy Hospital for further treatment. According to an email to the newspaper from Ken Joseph, chief operating officer of Medbus Public Safety Inc., Lifeteam owner, "As it looks right now, (Peck) is going to walk out of the hospital healthy and safe."

Others involved in the situation included WVDOT workers Brian Thorn and Todd Cassell and Peck's co-worker Roberto Espara, who was driving another truck, notified their trucking company of what was transpiring.

Police officers Shawn Long and Jim Krawiec also responded to the scene with Long escorting the ambulance to the hospital and Krawiec handling the investigation.



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