Michigan State Police troopers credited with saving Flint man’s life

Michigan State Police troopers David Minchella, left, and Merik Whipple.
Michigan State Police troopers David Minchella, left, and Merik Whipple.(source: Michigan State Police)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 3:14 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - Two Michigan State Police troopers are credited with saving a Flint man’s life during a traffic stop on May 28.

Troopers Merik Whipple and David Minchella were on patrol when they saw a car speeding and failing to use a turn signal. They pulled over the car at Hamilton Avenue and Olive Street in Flint, where the driver became very upset.

The driver advised that his father in the passenger seat was unconscious and he was on the phone with 911 emergency dispatchers. The troopers found the man’s father had a weak pulse and was not breathing.

Minchella and Whipple removed the man from the car and started performing CPR while administering Narcan. The man started breathing and regained a strong pulse before an ambulance and Genesee County sheriff paramedic deputy arrived on the scene.

Michigan State Police say medical personnel involved in the man’s care credited the troopers with helping save his life. The patient’s son also was grateful.

“I cannot thank those guys enough for what they did that day,” the son told police officers after the incident. “If it weren’t for them, I don’t know if I would have made it to the hospital.”

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