Tulsa Rookie Officer Helps Victims When Crash Happens In Front Of Him

Wednesday, February 6th 2013, 7:15 pm
By: News On 6

A rookie officer had an unusual experience on his way to work Wednesday.

He was nearly hit by a car that was veering out of control on the 71st Street bridge over the Arkansas River.

The driver had passed out and his wife was frantically trying to steer and hit the brake, but they slammed into a concrete barrier.

Tulsa officer-in-training, Kendall Jobe, just graduated from the academy six weeks ago.

As he was taught to do, he is constantly running through what-if scenarios in his mind, but he never expected a life and death emergency to happen right in front of him, so early in his career.

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Officer Jobe was headed to work at about 6 a.m., when a vehicle came barreling toward him, nearly t-boning his car, but missing by inches, then crossing the center median and veering into the opposite lane of traffic.

He immediately got on the radio to dispatch for help, then the vehicle came back into his lane of traffic and slammed into a concrete wall.

Officer Jobe ran to the car, where a man was unconscious and his wife was screaming, "He's not breathing."

"Got him out of the car and on the ground. It's sad, you're trying to take care of this person and cars are still going by us by two feet," Jobe said.

Jobe got a citizen to block traffic, then began CPR on the man, who has a history of medical problems.

He kept it up until firefighters and paramedics arrived. Then, he followed the couple to the hospital and called the wife's boss and requested a friend come stay with her.

Despite all the efforts, 66-year-old Jimmie Weaver didn't survive.

"All your what-ifs have a positive outcome. You don't ever train, don't see yourself deploying CPR and them dying in your brain. I'm going to give CPR and do great and save somebody's life. It does hit you. She made a comment that she was grateful and appreciated what I did, that makes me feel good," Jobe said.

Even though the outcome wasn't what anyone hoped for, Jobe said the chance to help people is why he became a police officer at the age of 45.

He's always dreamed of being an officer, but life took him down the path of being a golf pro, until recently, when he decided to give it a shot.

"I love Tulsa and tried to give something back, and the best way I can do that is serve my community," Jobe said.

Jobe may have started his day with a death, but he ended his shift by saving a life.

His last call of the day was a suicidal woman upset because her mother had passed away recently.

Jobe talked with her for more than an hour and got her help. She called him later and said, "Thank you, you saved my life today."