Employee Saves Woman’s Life
On Aug. 2, Pomeroy line servicer Raymond Andrews received a trouble call in Dexter, Ohio. While enroute to the trouble call, he came upon a major vehicle accident in Rutland, Ohio.
The accident involved a small car and an SUV. The smaller vehicle rear-ended the SUV, causing extensive damage to the car’s front end. The collision resulted in deployment of the car’s front airbags.
AEP Ohio line servicer Raymond Andrews helped save a woman’s life during a vehicle accident.
The driver of the SUV left the scene of the accident, leaving the seriously injured passenger in the vehicle.
Andrews pulled his service truck across the road and turned on all of his caution lights to protect the scene and himself from oncoming traffic. He then proceeded to assess the scene and the condition of the passenger.
At this point, Floyd Ridenour (line crew supervisor) and Mark Westfall (supervisor distribution system) arrived on the scene and witnessed Andrews administering first aid and cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to the injured person, who had stopped breathing.
Andrews successfully opened the victim’s airway and got her breathing again, and he continued administering first aid until paramedics arrived to relieve him. His selfless actions saved the passenger’s life and kept all involved at the site safe.
A CPR and first aid instructor for 17 years, Andrews is no stranger to helping people in distress. He has provided CPR and first aid to injured people at the scene of several accidents. Although every accident does not end well, Andrews says he feels a sense of obligation to respond.
“As a CPR instructor, I feel there is a responsibility that goes along with that role,” Andrews said. “I’m just doing what I think anyone would do in that situation, and I would hope someone would do the same for me.”
Selwyn Dias, AEP Ohio vice president – distribution operations, commended Andrews on his brave actions:
“I just learned about the heroic act you performed on August 2 when you drove up on the horrific traffic accident in Rutland, Ohio. Your quick thinking and actions to revive the accident victim and administer first aid until the paramedics arrived are commendable. I’m proud to have you on AEP Ohio’s team. Thank you, Raymond!”