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Thomasville police officer saves diabetic driver

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C.– A Randleman driver has his 15-year-old son and a Thomasville Police officer to thank, after they saved his life on Sunday night.

Thomasville Police say Richard Oakes was having a diabetic emergency while driving on I-85 with his son and his 8-year-old nephew.

At mile marker 101 in Davidson County, the 15-year-old noticed his dad was fading behind the wheel. He called his aunt for help, who then called 911. His aunt relayed information from her nephew to the 911 operator, while dispatchers tried to track down the truck’s whereabouts.

Officer Eric Hicks caught up to the truck around mile marker 112.

“It was very prudent we make contact with that vehicle and get it stopped to keep other lives from being taken,” explained Officer Hicks.

Near the off-ramp in Randolph County, the truck slowed down and Hicks was able to get out of his patrol car and stop the truck. His patrol car dashboard video camera was able to capture the entire incident.

“Our main object here is to protect and serve. And that day we protected and served,” Hicks explained.

Officer Hicks insists the real hero is the smart 15-year-old-boy who called for help.

Mr. Oakes, his 15-year-old son and 8-year-old nephew were not injured in the incident.


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