Turnpike toll collectors help save man’s life

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HOPKINTON, Mass. — Two Massachusetts Turnpike toll collectors are being credited with helping save the life of a man who was unresponsive in a car at a toll plaza.

Peter Kusi tells The MetroWest Daily News he had just finished his shift at the Exit 11A plaza last Thursday when he heard someone yell, “Help! Help! Help!’ My friend is not breathing!”

While a colleague called 911, the 41-year-old Kusi pulled the unresponsive 21-year-old man from the car and began CPR. When Kusi tired, fellow toll collector Ricardo Arriago took over.

Kusi says the man opened his eyes and had a pulse when he left in an ambulance. Hopkinton Fire Chief Ken Clark says paramedics treated the unidentified man for a possible drug overdose.

James Massenburg, a senior toll collector, says Kusi and Arriago helped saved a life.