Cooper Recognized For Life Saving Heroism
A Thanksgiving Dinner was held at the Stealey-Green Center in Middlebourne on Sunday to recognize first responders including the Sheriff’s Department, Tyler County EMS, Police Department, OEM and Tyler County Dispatchers.
Special recognition was given to Dave Cooper who recently removed Asia Keller from a burning vehicle and resuscitated her back to consciousness. Cooper was presented a plaque for going above and beyond the call of duty. He was also given a Mag-light to replace the one he had lost during the rescue. During the ceremony, it was described how responders acted quickly in saving Keller’s life. There was not a dry eye in the building as people recognized the importance of first responders actions and the sacrifices that they make on a volunteer basis.
When the wreck occurred, Keller called Tyler County Dispatchers and reported the wreck and her location. She was advised to stay on the phone with dispatchers until help arrived. Katy Wells of the Tyler County EMS stated, ” The scariest moment was when she was talking with dispatchers on the phone and then all of a sudden she stopped talking.” That was a sign that something had gone seriously wrong.
Fortunately for Keller, Cooper arrived on the scene shortly after and was able to administer CPR.
Awards were also handed out to recognize Tyler County EMS, Tyler County Dispatchers and the Tyler County Fire Department. It is very possible that had it not been for these brave men and women, Asia would not be here today.
The hams and turkey for the dinner were donated by the Middlebourne Fire Department and several other attendees brought in covered dishes. There were approximately 115 guests in attendance for the dinner to pay homage to these brave men and women who volunteer there time on a daily basis, going above and beyond the call of duty to protect all of the citizens of Tyler County.