Authorities have hailed a northern Illinois man a hero after he jumped through the open window of a moving car to save the driver, who was having a seizure.
According to police, Randy Tompkins, of Dixon, was driving his truck Friday afternoon when he spotted a car driving in the wrong lane heading right at him. He jumped from his truck and through the passenger window of the slowly moving car. Tompkins put two fingers into the convulsing driver’s mouth to prevent him from swallowing his tongue.
Tompkins and other officers in the patrol car stood by the driver’s side until paramedics arrived to the scene.
“We want to thank Tompkins for his heroism and for coming to a complete stranger’s aid today,” the police department said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Dixon police also responded to some critics who questioned why the officer driving behind the imperiled vehicle didn’t move faster to help the driver.
“Yes, because in the 10 seconds we were behind the car we could see with our x-ray vision the driver was seizing and let him keep driving…”
Authorities haven’t released the name of the driver, who was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
Police praised the 39-year-old as a hero for coming to the aid of a “complete stranger.”
“The cops said they saw me jump in his window like Dukes of Hazzard. It was crazy,” Tompkins wrote on Facebook.
“I saw him coming at me so I backed up real fast to the side and…jumped in his car to stop it.
Wow my adrenaline is still going.”
The incident was captured by a police dashcam.