PONTIAC (WWJ) – Because of one man’s quick actions, an Oakland County deputy is still alive. Edward Hook of Groveland Township was among a number of people honored by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, Wednesday.
Recalling the events of last October, Hook said he was at the intersection of Dixie Highway and Groveland when he saw a driver run into the deputy who was on a motorcycle.
Hook said he knew the deputy was going to be badly injured and ran to help.
“I initially tried to stop the bleeding by putting pressure on his femoral artery on the inside of his leg. And then another bystander gave me his belt, and I made a tourniquet out of that and was able to use my knee to keep pressure on the strap of the belt until the EMTs got there to take over,” Hook said.
Hook is trained in first aid and CPR, so he was never at a loss about what he had to do. But, he is at a loss as to the identity of the helpful bystander whose belt helped save the now retired deputy’s life.
Hood said the other man left the scene without giving his name. Hook wants to thank the good Samaritan and hopes that if he hears the story, he will get in touch with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department so that he may share in the honor.
The deputy lost his leg because of the accident and the driver of the car has been charged in the case.