BOSTON, MA — Last week, MassDOT recognized Highway Assistance Patrol Operator Angela Morley, of Wilmington, for her recent response to a driver in medical distress.
On March 29, Morley stopped her patrol vehicle to provide lighting to a truck driver who was securing cargo on his vehicle along the shoulder of Interstate 495 northbound at Exit 49 in Haverhill. The 47-year-old male driver told Morley he would be leaving the area soon. Morley left the scene but returned later on two occasions to check on the driver. During her third stop, Morley found the driver experiencing a medical emergency. Morley began administering CPR and alerted emergency responders.
“We’re there every day for the public … doing everything we can to ensure their safety,” Morley said during an award ceremony on April 25.
As Morley was administering CPR, two nurses stopped to help. An off-duty Massachusetts State Police Trooper also stopped to assist with chest compressions while Morley administered mouth-to-mouth breathing.
Haverhill Police as well as on-duty State Police troopers responded to the scene and transported the man to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
During the award ceremony on April 25, Secretary of Transportation & CEO Stephanie Pollack praised Morley for her efforts, “We are in the business of helping people and Angela is the embodiment of that,” Pollack said.
The Secretary added that while unfortunately the victim’s life could not be saved, the victim’s family perhaps derives some comfort in knowing that their loved one was not alone in his time of need.
The Highway Assistance Patrol Program provides rapid response for disabled vehicles and removal of road debris. The program, sponsored by MAPFRE, consists of 35 vehicles patrolling Massachusetts’ most highly traveled roadways so employees may perform numerous highway related services to assist motorists and keep highways safe.
(NOTE: The above press release is from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.)
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