A man whose car got out of hand when he went into cardiac arrest has met the brave strangers who saved his life.
Dave Barker, who works as a dispatcher for Wellington Fire Service, passed out and entered the central barrier of State Highway 1 at Ngauranga Gorge, Wellington on May 28.
Mr. Barker, in his 50s, hit the barrier nine times before his car came to a complete stop.
In the two minutes after the accident, 55 vehicles passed his car without stopping, Ten One Magazine reported.
It was pure luck that dog handler Constable Regan Woodmass managed to get to the spot in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Mr Barker (photo, center) has since met the strangers who stopped in bumper-to-bumper traffic to save his life when he crashed on May 28
Constable Woodmass traveled south on State Highway 1 when he saw the accident at Johnsonville before turning to help Mr. Barker.
“Thinking back on that night, it was good luck and luck that the right people with the right skills were close by to help,” said Constable Woodmass.
“Otherwise it wouldn’t have ended the way it was.”
Constable Woodmass was soon joined by Irene Campbell, who took action as she approached Mr. Barker’s car and realized he was “unconscious but looking good.”
“So I dragged him out of the passenger door to begin CPR,” she said.
“Before hitting the ground, Lizette Standish, a mechanic who had first aid training, took action to help with compressions.”
Christopher Hoffman, an orthopedic surgeon, was the fourth on-site to take over CPR.
“In just over a minute of CPR, Dave breathed alone for a while and then stopped responding,” said Constable Woodmass.
Once paramedics were on site, Mr. Barker was taken to the ambulance, where CPR continued.
He was shocked several times before he was stable enough to move to the hospital, where he was placed on life support in critical condition.
Mr. Barker knew he was at risk for heart problems and had undergone a cardio treadmill test because of the history of his family with heart problems several days before.
However, there was no problem at the time of this test.
In a fateful turn, Mr Barker’s colleagues watched the fire brigade watch the incident unfold from the command center.
They recognized Mr. Barker’s car and saw him in distress in the moments leading up to his arrival.
Authorized officer Jo Barry – Mr Baker’s sister – has since approached everyone involved last night to thank them for their heroic efforts.
“I am so grateful to everyone who helped Dave that night,” she said.
In the two minutes after Mister Barker’s accident on May 28, 55 vehicles passed without stopping before the first of four strangers arrived to help
Although Regan is incredibly humble, Dave wouldn’t be with us now without Regan’s actions and quick thinking and his strength in dragging Dave out of the car. ‘
“As a family, we are deeply grateful for Regan’s response to what could have been a terrible outcome.”
Mr Baker has since met the four strangers who have stopped to save his life on a party organized by New Zealand police.
Constable Woodmass told Ten One Magazine that it was not often that those working in the emergency services could see what happened after an accident and how the family was affected.
“It was great to hear updates about Dave’s recovery. It was a privilege to meet him and his family under much happier circumstances, ”he said.
“Dave is a really great guy with a great family and we had a great conversation at the reunion party.
“There were so many good people who helped that night, and I’m just thankful that this story has a happy ending.”