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August 20, 2013

Troopers at Finzel weigh station cited for saving Minnesota trucker’s life

FINZEL — Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Marcus L. Brown has commended two state troopers whose quick actions helped save the life of a truck driver Monday in Garrett County.

The victim is identified as a 49-year-old man from Minnesota. He is not being named until family members can be reached and informed of his condition.  

Shortly before 10 a.m. Monday, Senior Trooper Jeffrey Barber was working at the Finzel Weigh and Inspection Facility on Interstate 68, as a member of the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division. He directed a 2009 Freightliner truck tractor and trailer, driven by a man later identified as the victim, into the inspection area for a routine commercial motor vehicle inspection.  

After the inspection was completed, the truck driver was walking out of the facility office when he suddenly collapsed. Troopers called 911 and began an assessment of the man. They determined he had stopped breathing and didn’t have a pulse.  

Sgt. Darrell Thomas, also assigned to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division at Finzel, immediately retrieved the facility’s automated external defibrillator. The AED confirmed the lack of a heartbeat and applied a shock to restart the heart.  

Thomas and Barber then began CPR and continued resuscitation efforts. The victim regained a pulse and began breathing again on his own.   

Emergency medical services personnel from Frostburg Area Ambulance responded to the scene and the victim was transferred to their care and  transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland.  

“I commend these troopers for their prompt and professional actions that maintained the life of this truck driver and hopefully contributed to what will be his full recovery,” Brown said. “I am proud of all our troopers who are on the job each day, protecting our citizens, preventing crime and crashes, and providing the highest quality of law enforcement services, including lifesaving assistance. Whether you live here or are just traveling through our state, the Maryland State Police are ever vigilant and always prepared to help in whatever way they are needed.”   

After completing the necessary reports about the incident, both troopers returned to their duties of weighing and inspecting commercial vehicles headed through Western Maryland.

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