Man Saves Driver Suffering Cardiac Arrest, Gives CPR

A heartland man told WOWT 6 News on Wednesday that he was in the right place at the right time, when he found a driver suffering cardiac arrest behind the wheel of a semi-truck. He stepped into help, and now the man is recovering.

The accident happened near 168th and Dodge on Monday. Stephen Bofferding, 50, was driving his Omni Engineering Semi-truck. He went into cardiac arrest and blacked out at the wheel, scraping against the barrier and causing a traffic back-up in the area.

Matt Liston, was passing through as he was transferring from one building to another during his shift at OPPD, when he saw it happen. He told WOWT 6 News he immediately told his friend that was driving to pull over, and he raced to the semi. When he arrived he found Bofferding lifeless, with a purple face, no leg movement, no breathing, and his tongue rolled back in his throat.

Liston said an off-duty nurse passing by also pulled over. She and Liston performed CPR on the man until paramedics arrived. It took about 5 minutes for crews to arrive on scene.

Liston told WOWT 6 News he received CPR training from OPPD as a requirement of the job. He is thankful he did and thinks everyone should be trained.

It's the second time he has used the technique. He said his daughter suffered a seizure after becoming ill one time, and he used it then as well.

Bofferding is at Bergan Mercy Medical Center in fair condition. He said he is extremely thankful to both Liston and the nurse who pulled over.


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