Three Men Help Save Retired Deputy's Life in Christiana
Greg King and Gregg Speck

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office

Three men teamed up to save an unconscious driver’s life inside a running vehicle Tuesday near the Dollar General store on Epps Mill Road in Christiana, sheriff’s deputies said.

An unidentified farmer used his truck to stop the driver’s vehicle from moving into the street.

Sgt. Dan Goodwin reported Deputy Gregg Speck and recently retired Deputy Greg King saw the driver’s face had turned blue and he wasn’t breathing. King entered the vehicle and they began emergency care.

“Speck delivered several chest thumps to the driver to stimulate both breathing and cardiac activity,” Goodwin said. “It worked.”

Speck said the driver opened his eyes.

Emergency Medical Services paramedics took over treatment of the driver.

“When he was put on the stretcher, he was awake,” Speck said.

Goodwin said Speck used his training to save the driver’s life.

“Deputy Speck and, for that matter, retired Deputy King are to be highly recommended for their quick action,” Goodwin said.

Also, King nominated Speck for a Life Savers’ award.