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Iowa DOT officer honored for using AED to save truck driver's life

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BRANDON (KWWL) -

An Iowa DOT officer is being recognized for saving a man's life.

Motor Vehicle Enforcement Sergeant Jeffrey Jones was at a Department of Transportation weigh station off of I-380 near Brandon. 

The Cedar Falls man had finished inspecting a truck driver's vehicle, and he was getting ready to head home for the day.

That's when the truck driver's wife came up to Sergeant Jones and said her husband had passed out. 

Jones says he went out to the truck, and saw the man slouched over. His face was turning blue. He was having a heart attack.

Jones quickly grabbed the automated external defibrillator, or AED. He used that to shock the man's heart and then started CPR.  

Sergeant Jones says the weigh station where this happened is about halfway between Waterloo and Cedar Rapids. It's not close to any hospitals. 

He credits the AED for saving the truck driver's life. 

"It's a fabulous machine. Given our distance from Cedar Falls and Waterloo and from Cedar Rapids,  without that machine, I don't think it would have been possible for our patient to make it through that very very serious situation," Jones says. 

The truck driver was eventually rushed to Covenant Medical Center, and after surgery and days in the hospital, the driver was able to return to his home in Nebraska. 

The truck driver eventually reached out to Sergeant Jones, thanking him for what he did. 

This happened over the summer, but this month the officer is being recognized for his efforts. 

Sergeant Jones is one of several people in Iowa who will be honored at the "Heroes of the Heartland" breakfast later this month. 

This is an event put on by the American Red Cross. 

Click here to learn more about the 2018 Heroes of the Heartland. 

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