Trooper Gary L. Griffeth, of the Bucyrus post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was presented a Certificate of Recognition award by Bucyrus District Commander David A. Church.
Trooper Griffeth received the award for his life saving actions on Oct. 14, 2015, in Summit County. While returning from an off-duty detail, Trooper Griffeth observed a disabled vehicle on Interstate 76 near mile post # 20 and initiated a stop to check on the occupants of the vehicle.
According to reports, as Trooper Griffeth stopped behind the vehicle, he noticed a female attempting to pull someone out of the car. Trooper Griffeth approached and observed a male that was unconscious and was not breathing. Trooper Griffeth checked the victim for a pulse. He was able to detect a pulse, however, the victim was not breathing and was turning blue.
Trooper Griffeth requested emergency services and then retrieved his first aid kit from the trunk of his patrol car, reports indicated. He used a rescue flow air mask to administer breaths until EMS personnel arrived on scene.
The victim was transported to an Akron area hospital where he recovered, officials said. The victim’s mother expressed her gratitude and praise of the action taken by Trooper Griffeth, which undoubtedly saved her son’s life.