COVINGTON -- A Covington police officer saved the life of a man who suffered cardiac arrest while driving on Industrial Boulevard near Walmart Monday.
The man apparently had a heart attack and drove off the roadway and hit a tree, said Covington Police Capt. Ken Malcom.
Officer Brian Capps, already at Walmart checking on improperly parked vehicles, arrived at the scene to find the man in full cardiac arrest, said Malcom. After first performing chest compressions on the victim, Capps used the defibrillator from his police car and, "after the shock, he had a pulse again," Malcom said.
"The defibrillators we keep in all our police cars saved his life," he said.
Malcom added that, "Before they actually took him away from the scene, he was awake."
Capps was assisted by an off-duty Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy, Charlie Cook, and an unidentified woman who said she is a nurse at Grady Memorial Hospital.
"We're in the process of identifying her to try to thank her, but she was basically acting as a good Samaritan," Malcom said.
The victim is an employee at Ramsey Furniture Company and was driving a company truck at the time of the incident. He was in intensive care Tuesday afternoon and a hospital source told law enforcement he was expected to survive, Malcom said.