On Wednesday, 911 dispatchers in Madison County, Nebraska received a call about erratic driving from a truck on a northbound freeway and sent out police to pursue the vehicle.
The driver did not slow down or stop for the police sirens, and police became concerned—Deputy Todd Volk said that they knew “something wasn’t right…[the truck driver] just had a blank stare on his face.”
As the truck continued to barrel down the highway, Volk knew he had to take action; they had gone past the Norfolk airport and were approaching one of the city’s largest intersections.
As Volk puts it, “I could see the driver's head slumped down and felt he was not conscious and it popped in my head that we need to get this vehicle stopped. At that point in time, the truck was traveling about 20 mph, I jumped back in my patrol vehicle, punched it and got up in front and jumped out and jumped up and grabbed the hand railing and the mirror on the side of the truck and hit the breaks.”
Police later learned that the driver was diabetic and was experiencing a diabetic reaction due to low blood sugar; he was rushed to a hospital, but it appears he will make a full recovery.
Volk heroically risked his life to save the driver’s and potentially many others if the truck had eventually crashed.
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