PORTLAND, Maine - State Trooper Doug Cropper was driving along on Interstate 295 when a car sped past, going 15 over the speed limit. Cropper pulled the driver over and proceeded to write him out a ticket. But on walking back to the car to give the ticket to the driver, he found the man unresponsive. His head was tilted back and his mouth was open. First, thinking that the man might have fallen asleep, Doug tried to get a response by talking loudly and calling him by name, "Jay, Jay! Look at me, Jay!" After still not receiving a response, Doug dragged the man from the vehicle and started to perform CPR.
Emergency room nurse Leon Chick happened to be driving by and, noticing the trouble, pulled over to help. Together they were able to regain a pulse from the lifeless man. Finally, Portland rescue workers arrived and administered the heroin-effect-reversal drug Narcan. Jay then recovered enough to be able to walk on his own. He was taken to a local hospital, where it was found that this was the second time he had overdosed in the past week. He said he needed a kick in the head. "This is the kick you get," Cropper told him.
So far, the man has not been charged with anything besides a traffic violation. Cropper is thankful that he pulled the man over when he did. "Who knows how much farther along the road he would have gone... driving off the road and killing himself - or even worse, crashing into someone else, some innocent person going to work?" Cropper said.
Cropper does not consider his actions to be heroic, but he definitely saved at least one life that day.