03-09-2007, 06:02 PM #1
Deputy Helps Man, 78, Survive Hit-and-Run
(March 9) -- Eric Eaton is a 78-year-old in top physical shape. But on Monday, after going out for his daily three-mile jog, Eaton never returned home the former marathon runner was hit by a car.
By the time police arrived at the scene, eyewitnesses told them it was too late. They had already discovered that Eaton wasn't breathing.
"When I walked around the car, I saw an elderly male laying on the street with a blanket over him," said Tina Lacertosa, the deputy who showed up at the scene.
But when she took a second look, Lacertosa realized Eaton still had life left in him.
"I lifted up the blanket, and I thought I felt a slight pulse, so at that time I just began CPR. And within 15 to 30 seconds Mr. Eaton -- began coughing," she said.
An Angel in Uniform
On "Good Morning America," Eaton, his wife, Joan, and Lacertosa talked about Eaton's near-death experience from his hospital bed in Hollywood, Fla.
Clutching his wife with one hand and Lacertosa with the other, Eaton said he barely recalled getting struck by the car.
03-09-2007, 11:20 PM #2
03-13-2007, 02:40 AM #3
Quite a story. Reminds me of my uncle, who at 80 plus was the lifeguard at the YMCA!