Reporting Liz Collin
MENOMONIE, Wis. (WCCO) — Just minutes after changing a flat tire for strangers on a Wisconsin interstate, a Good Samaritan needed life-saving help from the people he just met.
On Saturday night, two cousins were heading home to Eau Claire on Interstate 94 when they hit a snag in Menomonie.
“All of a sudden, I heard this loud noise, got out and looked and we had a flat tire,” Sara Berg said.
However, Berg and Lisa Meir didn’t have time to panic.
“We weren’t on the side of the road that long before he came to help us,” Berg said.
A man by the name of Victor Giesbrecht stopped, changed their tire and had them on the road in 15 minutes.
Less than two miles after that tire change, Giesbrecht had to pull over himself. Berg spotted his wife outside waving her arms for help.
Giesbrecht was in cardiac arrest. Berg, a certified nursing assistant, wasted no time, started CPR and called for help.
The following moments are all captured on dash cam video from a Wisconsin State Trooper.
You can hear rescue crews telling him “Can you hear us at all? Hang in there bud!”
Trooper Kate Sampson and Dunn County Deputy Scott Pace were first on scene.
“I couldn’t have been any closer unless I was right there. Trooper Sampson was in the same area,” Pace said.
Dunn County deputies carry AED’s in all their cars. It took three shocks to get Giesbrecht back.
A helicopter flew Geisbrecht to Mayo Luther in Eau Claire.
Giesbrecht is in serious, but stable condition. He and his wife were driving from Canada when this all happened.
Berg and Meir said they will ever forget what he told them after fixing their flat.
“‘Someone up above put me in the right place at the right time.’ I said, ‘thank you and God bless you,’” Berg said.
At first, Berg and Meir were very worried that changing that tire caused Geisbrecht to go into cardiac arrest but his wife told them they actually saved his life.