(WFSB) – A state soldier is being hailed as a hero after jumping into action to save a man’s life on Friday.
It is a story about courage. The film is about a state trooper who has only been on the job for a few months, and on Friday, he not only helps a man regain his pulse, but personally makes sure he gets to the hospital.
“Honestly, I don’t consider myself a hero… any soldier of mine would do the same thing,” said Connecticut State Police soldier Matthew Cerri.
Connecticut State Police Team H received a 911 call from a passenger in a limousine traveling on I-91 in Windsor. Passengers said the driver was in the emergency phase, did not respond in time and lost consciousness.
State Troopers were dispatched to the scene and quickly determined the driver had no pulse and was not breathing.
According to Connecticut State Police (CSP), the officer removed the driver from the limousine and immediately began administering life-saving treatment. The officer used CPR as well as a bag valve mask to assist with breathing.
Windsor EMS has arrived on the scene. Soldiers continued CPR to assist EMS personnel.
According to CSP, a pulse is detected when the driver has entered the ambulance but still requires breathing assistance.
According to Cerri, this person was in critical condition and needed medical treatment to treat him.
This makes it impossible for anyone to drive an ambulance to the hospital.
“I walked up and said I was going to drive an ambulance, so I jumped in the driver’s seat and drove them to the hospital… Lights and sirens,” Cerri said.
He ran to the hospital in the pouring rain.
The unconscious driver was rushed to Hartford Hospital and remains in the ICU.
Cerri says it’s an honor to have saved a life, “it’s bizarre but humbling and at the same time now at a time when I never thought I would even a year ago.”
The state leader shared that he had just graduated from the academy in August 2021.
This moment is why he never gives up.
“For anyone aspiring to be a soldier, this is the third time I’ve tried to apply to be a Soldier of the State of Connecticut. .
Although Trooper Cerri doesn’t consider himself a hero, state police are presenting him and other responders for the agency’s lifesaving medal.
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