Manatee County garbage collector helps woman having stroke - WFLA News Channel 8

Manatee County garbage collector helps woman having stroke

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Troy Mercer (Photo: Waste Management) Troy Mercer (Photo: Waste Management)

Waste Management residential driver Troy Mercer was on his usual garbage collection route June 25 when he saw a woman lying in her front yard. He stopped and parked his truck safely, approached her and she claimed she had broken her hip.

Mercer called Emergency 9-1-1 and gave her water until paramedics arrived. The emergency personnel informed Mercer the woman was having a stoke and he quite possibly saved her life by seeing her, stopping and calling 9-1-1.

“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 Watch trains Waste Management drivers to look and listen for suspicious activities and emergency situations they may witness during their routes and then report to local law enforcement agencies or dispatch.

“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. As members of the communities we serve, our employees are always looking for ways to help out.”

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