Strangers Save A Woman’s Life on the Roadside

Tonight at the City Council meeting I had the honor of presenting life saving awards to  6 people.  Giving life saving awards is always a thrill.

It all started on April 27, 2016 at 5:15 pm as 29 year old Kendra Wyke was driving home from work, westbound on M-59 near Squirrel Road, just as she usually did.  On that day however, she had a medical emergency and crashed into the median wall.  Other drivers, William Cowl, Joseph Azain and Andrew Combs witnessed the crash and stopped to check on her.   They found her unresponsive and not breathing.  Two of the people who stopped were off duty Oakland County Deputy Kyle Lindsey and Timothy Wilson, a retired Fire Chief from Westland.  They immediately started CPR.  Another driver, Rasha Hermez phoned 911 to summon help.

AHPD Officers Brad Brasil and Alex Keebaugh arrived on scene and found CPR in progress.  They offered to take over but Wilson and Lindsey wanted to continue.  AHFD personnel arrived on scene and did take over medical care of Kendra. When she arrived at the hospital, she was breathing and had a pulse.  The emergency room physician on duty at McLaren Oakland Hospital later told Officer Brasil that the driver would not have survived but for the efforts of the the people on the scene who pulled her from the car and immediately started CPR. A few days later she walked out of the hospital under her own power.

Tonight there were some tears and hugs when they all met again.  I have to tell you Kendra looks wonderful.  Many members of her grateful family were here.

You never know when you may be called upon to help another person.  It is important for everyone to learn CPR.  In these days when you hear that people are unwilling to help a stranger a story like this makes it clear that, at least here, people are willing to do what they can, where they are, with what they have.   It is no small thing to stop on the side of a very busy multi lane freeway during rush hour.  But thank God these folks did stop.

You can sign up for CPR classes here.