Man thanks off-duty firefighter, deputies for saving his life

Firefighter Micah Latch was looking for a house to buy nearby when he saw deputies performing CPR on a man

By FireRescue1 Staff

GREENE COUNTY, Mo. — A man is crediting the quick actions of two sheriff's deputies and an off-duty firefighter for saving his life this past September.

Springfield News-Leader reported that a 911 caller reported a suspicious man and woman walking in a neighborhood. Deputies arrived and a man carjacked Troy Rieth's car. Rieth and Deputy Austin Adams tried to stop the man, who later hit Rieth with the truck. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and doesn't remember hitting his head.

Deputies Adams and Justin Hall said Rieth was unresponsive and appeared to have life-threatening injuries. An off-duty firefighter, Micah Latch, with the Ebenezer Fire Protection District, was looking for a house to buy nearby.

Latch saw Adams and Hall performing CPR and went over to help.

"I guess that proves there's a bigger fate," Latch said.

Rieth, a married father of two, spent a month in the hospital and another month going to rehab. He presented plaques to the three who helped save his life.

A man has been charged with robbery, armed criminal action, assault, assaulting a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and tampering with a motor vehicle in connection with the incident.

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