Local cab driver puts First Aid training into action to save passenger

By Jonathan Walsh - bio | email

Posted by Kate Oatis -

TOLEDO (WTOL) - It was anything but a normal day for a Toledo cab driver as she had to jump into action for one of her passengers.

It happened along the Anthony Wayne Trail near Ford in Maumee with a driver from Black-and-White Cab Co.

The driver had taken the man to the hospital before; he's on Medicaid and there's an agreement that a cab can be a sort of medical transport when he's not feeling well.

And yesterday, boy, was he not feeling well.

Cab driver Diana -- who didn't want us to use her last name -- picked up Bruce Alger and his daughter Beverly. She says Bruce was complaining of chest pains and, after a while, just stopped talking.

Beverly told Diana that her father was having a seizure. Diana dialed 9-1-1 while driving down the Trail, and then pulled off near Ford St. with cars racing by.

She jumped out of the cab. Bruce was not responding. She took his pulse and talked to the 9-1-1 dispatcher.

Emergency crews arrived, but Bruce went into another seizure.

"They threw the seat down like this and went ahead and put the heart machine on him... trying to get an IV started," Diana said.

The situation reminded Diana of another incident years ago when a different passenger needed her help. She also lost a child 12 years ago, which prompted her to get CPR and First Aid training.

She just wanted to be prepared. Apparently she was.

"If it wasn't for her, my dad might not be alive today," said Beverly.

Bruce walked out of the hospital Wednesday a thankful man.

"I really appreciate it because there's not many people out there that would help people," Bruce said.

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