Waste Management driver helps save the life of Manatee woman

kirby@bradenton.comJuly 2, 2014 

Troy Mercer called 911 and helped the woman until paramedics arrived. PROVIDED PHOTO.

MANATEE -- A Waste Management driver may have saved the life of a woman having a stroke in her front yard June 25, according to a Waste Management release.

Waste Management residential driver Troy Mercer was on his usual garbage collection route when he saw a woman lying in her front yard. He parked the vehicle and approached her, and she said she broke her hip.

Mercer called 911, stayed with her and gave her water until paramedics arrived.

The paramedics told Mercer the woman was having a stroke, and Mercer had possibly saved her life by stopping and calling 911 when he did.

"As Troy's supervisor it comes as no surprise how he handled himself on that day in that situation," said Waste Management Route Manager Frank Disney. "Troy comes to work and leaves with a smile on his face every day regardless of what trials he may have faced on his own route. When other drivers need a hand, Troy is always willing to assist them and is a true team player. Troy holds himself to a high standard and always looks to do the right thing."

Waste Management officials said they train their drivers to look for suspicious activities and emergency situations on their routes and to report them to local law enforcement and emergency agencies.

"We launched Waste Watch in Manatee County in March 2013," said Jason White, Waste Management district manager. "It is stories like these that show the effectiveness of the program."

Waste Management provides commercial and residential waste and recycling services to 40,610 single-family residences as well as more than 2,745 commercial customers in Manatee County.

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