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TCA Honors Truck Driver Who Saves Passenger in Cardiac Arrest

January 13, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Image, News, Safety

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has named Joseph Wiggins of Plant City, Fla., a truck driver for Phillip Williams & Sons, a Highway Angel. Wiggins is being recognized for saving a man in cardiac arrest.

Last May, Wiggins was traveling north on Interstate 95 just north of St. Augustine, Fla., in heavy traffic when he spotted a passenger in an adjacent tractor trailer collapse and fall forward in the truck. The panicked driver in the other truck began shaking the passenger, prompting Wiggins to leap from his truck and run to the passenger door on the adjacent vehicle.

Wiggins quickly climbed up into the cab where he found the passenger on the floor between the seats. He quickly assessed the situation and determined that the passenger had no pulse and was not breathing.

Wiggins immediately removed the man from the cab and with the help of another motorist carried him to the grass median. Wiggins began CPR and advised a motorist to dial 911. As Wiggins continued performing CPR on the passenger, a nurse who was driving past the scene joined him.

The pair performed CPR for near 15 minutes before the arrival of fire rescue to the scene. The man was airlifted to a nearby hospital and after surgery and rehab, has made a full recovery. Wiggins has spoken several times to him, and his family is grateful for all that Wiggins did to help that day on the highway.

Before Wiggins became a professional truck driver, he was in law enforcement. If it wasn’t for Wiggins and his previous experience, doctors said Warren would have died at the scene. When asked about the incident Wiggins said, “I always take the same route and that day I decided to take a different one. There was a reason I was on that highway on May 11th.”

For his willingness to help, TCA has presented Wiggins with a certificate, patch, lapel pin, and truck decal. Phillip Williams & Sons Inc. also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.