Dunkin’ Donuts employee saves Knoxville truck driver’s life


A Dunkin’ Donuts employee jumped into action to save a Knoxville truck driver’s life. 

That moment – caught on camera. 

According to authorities, 29-year-old truck driver David Wood of Knoxville suffered from a heart attack at a New Hampshire truck stop, dropping to the snow where he lay for nearly eight minutes before being spotted. 

“After being dead for 8 minutes just laying there I’m sure I lost a lot of short term memory,” said Wood in a video interview Tuesday with WATE 6 On Your Side’s Lori Tucker. 

A Dunkin’ Donuts employee, April Merchant, ran outside to help. 

She began performing CPR, a skill she never thought she’d have to use and now, the community is calling her a hero. 

“Oh, I don’t know about all that. It makes me anxious when people call me a hero because I just don’t feel like I am,” Merchant said. 

To  Wood’s mother, she truly is her son’s hero. 

“I’m forever in her debt, even the doctors said if she had not done that, he would not be with us. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I had lost my son,” says Felicia Bertram. 

Wood is now in the hospital recovering and doctors are still trying to determine the cause of the heart attack.

Wood said on Tuesday he suffered “sudden cardiac death” and now has a defibrillator. White that saved his life, he is now looking for a new job and is not allowed to drive those long distances anymore. He hopes to find something in Knoxville in IT.

A fundraiser on Facebook called David’s Story hopes to help out. Click here for more information.

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