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JACKSON, Mich. — A Navy medic from North Carolina who stopped to calm a woman after her husband had a heart attack and helped an ambulance crew perform CPR on the man ended up with a $60 towing bill.
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Tim Moore was driving near Jackson, Mich., on April 2 when he saw an ambulance parked along the highway.
He said he pulled over to try to help calm the woman, who was near the ambulance. When the rescuers learned of Moore’s medical training, they asked if he would help administer CPR on the way to the hospital.
“Of course, when they asked me to do CPR, I just locked the truck and didn’t really think about moving it,” said Moore, who since has returned to Camp Lejeune, N.C.
The man died in the emergency room.
When Moore returned to the side of the highway two hours later, the truck was gone. It turns out the truck parked partly over the white line marking the side of the road was considered a travel hazard and towed. Jackson County Undersheriff Tom Finco said deputies tried to call Moore before the tow but got no answer at the number they had on record. The charge was levied by the towing company.
Moore said he was a little upset at the time. Now, he says: “It’s only $60.”