An Elyria woman has been honored for taking action that saved a man’s life near Oberlin.
Tammy Sayers was awarded the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s certificate of recognition last Thursday at the Patrol’s Elyria post. Sgt. David Dylag, Trooper Corey Resendez, and dispatcher Jennifer Beuck were also awarded certificates for their efforts in the event.
Last July 22, Sayers and her son, Vaughan Sayers-McCoy, saw a man with his legs dangling over the side of the overpass at US 20 and Rt. 511. Rather than just driving on, Sayers called the Patrol and reported the man to the Sandusky dispatch center.
“I want to stress the importance of our telling our motorists that when they see something to say something. For a motorist to take the time to do that is important,” Lt. Carlos Smith said. “She could have easily drove by and not paid any attention to the subject, and it could have ended very differently.”
Beuck dispatched Resendez and Dylag to the scene while Sayers continued to give updates.
Resendez and Dylag arrived on the scene and spoke with the man on the overpass. When a commercial truck drove under the bridge, the distraught man turned away and leaned over in the direction of the passing truck.
Resendez grabbed him, and with the assistance of Dylag, and the man was secured.
“This is the second certificate of recognition I’ve given Cory in two years, and I’ve probably given out four or five in my entire career,” Capt. Chris Zurcher said. “That just gives you an idea of what time of a job this young man does, day in and day out.”
Scott Mahoney can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @sm_mahoney on Twitter.