Driver reunites with Ohio trooper who saved his life: ‘Don’t you die on me’

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PIQUA, Ohio- The Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper caught on video telling a truck driver “Don’t you die on me” appeared on “Fox and Friends” on Sunday.

Trooper Eric Devers of the Piqua Post of the highway patrol arrived at the scene of a Miami County crash 12 minutes before paramedics. In the dash cam video, Devers runs down to the semi-truck, which crashed down a 60-foot embankment.

“Keep breathing,” Devers says on the recording. “Don’t you die. Don’t you die on me. Come on.”

The patrol credits Devers with saving John Depue’s life.

“I was able to step up to that truck with him, he was taking very, very little, gasping breaths, hardly like he was alive at all,” Devers said during the interview. “Our academy is so extensive in its training that at that point my mind just essentially went on autopilot. I just did what I knew I had to do.”

Depue also spoke with Fox’s Anna Kooiman on the show.

“How can you say ‘thank you’ for saving your life?” Depue said. “I definitely think he was my angel that day.”

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