TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson Police Department has released the body camera footage showing officers acting quickly to save a man’s life on Interstate 10 during rush-hour traffic.
TPD SWAT Officer Ryan Azuelo, SWAT Officer Daniel Lee, SWAT Officer Loren Layton, and Tucson Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Garcia, are being commended for their work and efforts in the evening of Oct. 17.
"I was thinking that we were just going to help move the car out of the roadway. So definitely not expecting to come across what we did," said Officer Lee.
According to police, officers were on their way home from SWAT School when they came upon a pickup truck that was stopped on Interstate 10 in the westbound fast lane, between the Valencia Road and Alvernon Way exits around 6:15 p.m.
Officers Azuelo and Lee were first to notice the victim was slumped over in the driver’s seat. They were able to pull him from the truck into the dirt median and Officer Layton started performing CPR. Assistant Chief Garcia arrived moments later, as he was heading home from his normal shift, to continue chest compression.
Rural Metro Fire Department responded shortly after and medics used an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to get electrical activity back in the driver's heart. He was transported to a local hospital, where it was determined that the male driver had suffered a massive, life-threatening heart attack.
The 45-year-old driver is still in recovery but is no longer in the hospital and is doing well at his family's home in Tucson.
“This entire scene played out during rush hour traffic on the interstate. As a department, we couldn’t be more proud of our officers and our Tucson Fire Department Brother in yellow! Awesome Job!!!” the Tucson Police Department said in a Facebook post.