Pictured from left to right Chris Birosak, FDOT District-1 ITS Program Manager,
Trooper John McGrede and Mr. Bob Diezi, Road Ranger Supervisor.
While on patrol Jan. 23, Trooper John B. McGrede witnessed a disabled vehicle in the median just south of the Jeff Young Bridge in Manatee County. McGrede pulled over to assist the stranded motorist and requested that the Road Ranger, Loren Stewart Cooley, respond to his location to assist with a tire change due to the spare tire being flat. As Cooley was changing the tire, he slumped over the lug wrench and fell to his knees. McGrede determined that Cooley was unresponsive and placed him on his back. Cooley had stopped breathing, and McGrede could not detect a pulse. McGrede told the stranded motorist to call 911 and immediately started CPR on Cooley. A motorist stopped and assisted McGrede with CPR until Emergency Medical Service units arrived. Prior to transport, EMS personnel were able to stimulate a heartbeat on Cooley, and an ambulance transported him to Manatee Memorial Hospital. Doctors, paramedics and nurses advised that Cooley had suffered from a severe medical issue and that he would not have survived if it were not for McGrede’s efforts and fast response. Cooley is now resting at home and recovering from the incident.
Members of the local Traffic Incident Management Team honored McGrede for his actions.