By Kevin Deutsch
A waste collection driver is being hailed as a hero for helping a woman suffering a hemorrhage in Coral Springs, his employers said Monday.
During his usual route through the city on Feb. 7, Waste Pro driver Trent Applewhite saw the woman “slowly falling out of the chair on her front porch,” according to a press release issued by Waste Pro USA.
“Trent managed to run over in time and catch her, so she didn’t hit her head,” according to the release. “Trent called 911 and followed their CPR instructions while waiting for an ambulance. Trent later found out the woman had a hemorrhage.”
“Thankfully, the woman survived and is now recovering.”
The woman’s name was not immediately available.
Her husband, Kevin, told Waste Pro Division Manager Farid Abuchaibe, “I am certain that…his selflessness in attention to my wife’s medical needs literally saved her life,” according to the press release.
“We are incredibly proud of Trent and his quick thinking…” Farid said. “He was at the right place at the right time and didn’t think twice about helping someone in need.”
Trent received Waste Pro’s Franklin Award of $100 for his heroic actions, the company said.
Waste Pro USA is a privately-owned waste collection, recycling, processing, and disposal company based in Longwood, Florida, operating in ten southeastern states.
According to the company, it serves more than two million residential and 100,000 commercial customers in more than 80 locations.
Waste Pro has around 300 exclusive municipal contracts and franchises, including Coral Springs, company officials said.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.