Kentucky State Police in Laurel County help save man’s life


LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Kentucky State Police say a quick decision two of its employees made helped save a man’s life.

According to KSP, Sergeant Doug Stacy and Austin Dople, who works in facility maintenance, were working at the weigh station on I-75 southbound in London when a woman approached them frantically.

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Brittany Waddle told them her husband, Chris, was having heart attack symptoms.

An ambulance Waddle had called was taking a while to arrive. Waddle told Sgt. Stacy and Dople it was stuck in heavy traffic.

Dople and Sgt. Stacy decided then to take 40-year-old Chris to Baptist Health Hospital in Corbin themselves.

KSP says, after receiving treatment, Waddle was able to go home from the hospital just in time to celebrate his 40th birthday with his wife and four children.

Deputies also say they learned Waddle was a former law enforcement officer himself. He worked in the Madison County area, but had to retire due to vision loss and other health reasons.

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