An ATV accident in Wetzel County turns deadly when a man suddenly becomes trapped underneath.
Two men nearby are credited with using their CPR skills to give him a fighting chance.
“It’s really surprising to walk up and see that. I’m just glad we knew what to do,” said Samuel Tindal.
Monday took an unexpected turn for Samuel Tindal and Jonathon Whitlock. When they were flagged down to help a man’s brother who was trapped under an ATV.
“Once we got there, I think we both paused because we’re just trying to assess the situation trying to figure out what happened and what we need to do to get this guy out from under the ATV,” said Whitlock.
Tindal says it didn’t take them long to spring into action.
“We paused for a second because when a person’s face is purple you just don’t know. So we both just knew we’re trained in CPR so we just proceeded to do as we’re trained,” said Tindal.
Whitlock says their CPR training gave them confidence to handle the situation.
“Whenever you first get onto something like that, your body is wanting, you’re pushing adrenaline so you’re wanting to hurry up and do things,” said Whitlock.
They did compressions for about 15 minutes and were able to stabilize him until emergency crews arrived.
Stephanie Vandetta of the Marion County Rescue Squad responded to the scene.
“Sometimes it takes us a few minutes to get to a scene and if they’re able to start CPR on a patient who doesn’t have a heartbeat, a pulse or is not breathing, that helps tremendously,” said Vandetta.
While the man did die after being transported. Vandetta says it’s rare to keep someone revived for as long as they did. Tindal recommends everyone receive CPR training and help others any way they can.
“I just feel like being a good human being has something to do with it. Showing kind and loving care, compassion, taking time out of your day to make sure everyone else is okay and that’s pretty much how you’re supposed to live,” said Tindal.