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Life savers: Deputies praised for actions following medical emergency

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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Job Well Done

JOB WELL DONE – Ben Davis, right, with Renda Environmental was at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office last week to show the company’s appreciation to deputies, from left, Lyle Hahn and Joseph Oliver after the two officers helped save the life of Renda employee Victor Nunez, who had a medical emergency while driving on Farm Road 730 recently. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

A couple of Wise County Sheriff’s deputies are being credited with saving a Dallas man’s life two weeks ago.

Corporal Lyle Hahn and Deputy Joseph Oliver were ending their shift just before 6 a.m. Oct. 3. As they were heading back to Decatur on Farm Road 730 south of town, they passed an 18-wheeler that had run off the road and crashed into some trees just north of County Road 4127.

The two stopped to check on the truck driver, who was unconscious.

As Hahn went back to the car to call for medics, Oliver yelled for him to grab the automated external defibrillator (AED).

“I ran back over there. We pulled him out of the car and Deputy Oliver started chest compressions while I gave dispatch updates and tried to work the AED,” Hahn said.

“He passed away in front of us, and then the AED advised a shock, so we did, and he got a pulse and started breathing.”

Oliver said he’s had to deploy an AED before, but never had to administer a shock.

“He jumped and (I) reached down and got a pulse. It kept getting stronger and stronger and the AED said, ‘Nothing further needed,'” Oliver said.

Once medics arrived, the deputies helped carry the driver, Victor Nunez, out of the brush. He was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur before being transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Ben Davis with Renda Environmental, the company Nunez has worked for for more than a decade, said doctors determined he had suffered a medical emergency while driving back to base. Dash camera videos showed the truck veering off the road into the trees.

He was expected to be released from the hospital late last week.

Davis said he and his fellow employees at Renda are very grateful for the deputies’ actions.

“It’s really great and fortunate y’all were in the place that you were,” Davis told Hahn and Oliver last week. “It would devastate all of our employees if he had passed away. It would have affected a lot of people who have worked there for a long time. Y’all really saved us from that grief.”

Oliver was quick to thank the county as well.

“One of the good things is the county provides us with a lot of training and the right equipment, too,” he said.

But the timing was critical. Hahn had been without the AED in his vehicle for several days due to maintenance work on the machine, and he had just picked it up a few hours before using it.

“Everything happens for a reason,” he said.

Sheriff Lane Akin echoes that sentiment.

“There are definitely instances of godly intervention,” he said. “The way that all of this fell into place, it puts me in that mindset.”

Davis presented the sheriff’s office with a donation on behalf of the company. Akin said the money will be used to pay for challenge coins for the department to exchange with other departments, and he presented the first coin to Davis.

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