Troopers honored for saving life of man who overdosed while driving on busy highway

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An Ohio Highway Patrol trooper who previously served at the Ravenna post was one of three people who recently received Certificates of Recognition from the highway patrol for saving the life of a driver who had overdosed on heroin while driving on Interstate 680 in Youngstown in October.

Trooper Erik Golias, assigned to the Northeast Regional Criminal Patrol Unit of the highway patrol, received the award from Warren District Commander Capt. James Holt on Tuesday, . Also receiving the award were Trooper David Brown and Karen Ross, of Struthers.

According to the highway patrol, Brown was investigating "altered traffic flow" on I-680 on Oct. 3 when he saw a pickup truck driving erratically. The truck soon struck a concrete barrier, and as Brown got out, it lurched forward, still in drive. Brown was able to enter the cab and put the truck in park.

Brown removed the driver from the truck and began giving first aid, with the help of Golias and Ross, a bystander who had stopped to help. Tthe troopers and Ross managed to keep the man alive until EMS crews arrived. The man survived the overdose, according to the highway patrol.

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