Daytona Beach Utility Worker Saves Stranger’s Life
Written by Kristen Schmutz
Belden Communications News
A longtime city employee is being praised as a hero today after saving a stranger’s life.
Daytona Beach Utility Worker Theodore “Ted” Wolfe found a 57-year-old man unresponsive and slumped over his steering wheel on Mason Avenue. Wolfe wasn’t expecting to use his recent CPR training provided by the city so quickly. His impeccable timing and Good Samaritan spirit kicked in, noticing the helpless man had already turned blue.
According to a release, other panicked motorists at the scene were shouting that the driver was dead. Ted quickly got out of his car and springing into action. A registered nurse who works in Halifax Medical Center’s emergency room, Tammy Leggett, drove up to the scene at that moment.
Together, they began to administer CPR – Ted started chest compressions while Tammy worked on the man’s breathing.
Successfully administering CPR, the two Good Samaritans got the suspected overdose victim breathing again before Volusia County EVAC arrived.
The man, identified as Kevin McFeaters, was transported to Halifax Medical Center for further evaluation. McFeaters was placed into protective custody under the Marchman Act, a state statute created to compel a suspected substance abuser to seek treatment, as per the release.
Ted was recognized by the American Heart Association, as a HeartSaver Hero for his life-saving efforts.
The city offered CPR training to about 100 employees last month as part of its proactive monthly safety training program. Six CPR instruction sessions were offered over two days in the Midtown Community Center’s gym.
After completing the course work, attendees were certified in using AED defibrillation equipment and administering CPR to adults, children, and infants, said the city in its release.