Death came to visit Love’s Travel Stop early Monday morning, but left empty-handed.
“We can attest that citizens from our community saved the life of a man tonight,” Ottawa Police Department officials said.
Emergency services officials responded to the truck stop, located south of Ottawa at 203 E. 27th Ave., Ottawa, to find a man on the edge of life and bystanders fighting to save him.
“We wanted to share information with the community about an incident that happened this morning,” officials posted online. “A truck driver from California suffered an injury while on the road and was suffering from severe, life threatening bleeding. He was able to make it to Loves where another driver from The Bones Company began to assist him. This driver fashioned a makeshift tourniquet and was able to control the bleeding. He then helped the injured man into the store. Inside the store, employees from Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores began rendering first aid and helped take care of the man until emergency crews arrived.”
The man was taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital, where he was later stabilized.
“Our citizens did not care this man was from California. They did not care he was a stranger. They saw a person in need. They jumped in and saved his life,” Ottawa Police officials said. “We are not going to name these citizens publicly right now but we know who they are. We saw them do something great.”