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Accidentally lucky: Duo’s serendipitous encounter helps save motorist

Sometimes, being a hero is all about being in the right place at the right time. 

Jason Blackwell and John Drolett definitely were when they stopped to help after seeing a car go off the side of the road in Holt on Aug. 27, 2022. The male driver was not breathing when Blackwell, already on the line with 911 dispatchers, first reached the car. At the operator’s instruction, he pulled the man out and started resuscitation breaths when Drolett came upon the scene and began chest compressions.  

They continued CPR until deputies and paramedics arrived a few minutes later to take over. They both left the scene not knowing who the man was or whether he would survive.   

The man, Mike Garland, a recently retired Michigan State University men’s basketball coach, surpassed all the odds against him and did survive. It likely wouldn’t have been possible without the immediate and quick action of Blackwell and Drolett.  

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