Jonathan “Az” Atzenhofer is a Truckload Carriers Association Highway Angel.
A driver for FTC Transportation Inc., of Oklahoma City, Atzenhofer Feb. 20, was waiting for a restaurant to open at a truck plaza on Interstate 70 in Watkins, Colo.
A second truck driver waited with him. A man approached them, breathing heavily. Atzenhofer told the other driver, “He doesn’t sound good.” They asked the man if he was all right. “I’m OK,” he responded – before collapsing to the ground.
Atzenhofer knows CPR because of his military background. The other truck driver also was familiar with CPR. Atzenhofer began chest compressions while the other driver performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the man. They continued, keeping him alive until paramedics arrived.
Atzenhofer, who has been driving since 1988, has aided several other motorists in the past. “I usually try to [help out] if it’s safe for me to stop,” he said. “In this case, I was just in the right place at the right time.”
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.