The Minnesota State Patrol say a State Trooper, an off-duty firefighter and a nurse came to the rescue of a northern Minnesota man who suffered a heart attack while driving his truck on a highway in northeastern Minnesota Thursday morning.

Officials say 77-year-old Wayne Waller of Saginaw was driving near Cloquet when he suffered a heart attack and his vehicle left the highway and crashed into some trees. Off-duty Floodwood firefighter Robert Zobel, retired firefighter Mark Toms of Fredenburg and citizen Lacy Silgjord stopped and pulled Waller out through the window of his truck and began performing CPR.

State Trooper Sgt. Scott Parker then arrived at the scene. He grabbed a portable heart defibrillator from his cruiser and shocked Waller with the device. That's when an unidentified woman who stated she was a nurse offered to provide rescue breaths until an ambulance arrived and rushed the man to a hospital in Duluth for continued treatment.

“The quick actions of the trooper and the people who stopped to help saved this man’s life,” said State Patrol Capt. Steve Stromback. “This is just one example of the work troopers and other public safety officials do each day to help keep Minnesotans safe.”

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