Two brothers are alive because of the actions of Antonio Cooper, a driver with the Oklahoma City operating center of Greatwide Logistics Services, Dallas. The Truckload Carriers Association named Cooper a Highway Angel.
On Oct. 8, Cooper was driving on Highway 152 in Oklahoma City. He saw the car in front of him weaving back and forth across the lanes and into and out of the median. This continued for about a half a mile. Pulling alongside the car, he honked, which woke up the sleeping passenger. The passenger grabbed the steering wheel and managed to stop the car in the median.
The driver, 18, had been having a seizure and seemed incoherent. Cooper called 9-1-1 and used his finger to hold the young man’s tongue back so he wouldn’t choke. Cooper used his phone to contact the mother of the driver and passenger, who were brothers. When paramedics arrived, he helped them restrain the young driver who was seizing.
“I’m just an ordinary citizen. If I can save a life, spare a life, that’s what I’m here for,” said Cooper. He added that the incident seemed oddly familiar to him because while driving in Florida in 2006, he had also stopped to help a driver suffering a seizure.
For his actions, Cooper has received a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate and patch. Greatwide also received a certificate acknowledging one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.