Dixon Police Officer Lincoln Sharp describing the actions of a heroic bystander who leaped from his truck and through a car’s passenger window to stop a driver from going the wrong way down a Dixon street: “He knew something wasn’t good. So, that was special on his part, to stop and dive in like that without any regard for himself.”
Officer Sharp says he’s never seen anything like it.
“This is a first, they’re actively driving by slow like that in front of us, and to be there at the exact same time and to be on the squad camera…its a first,” he explained.
Officer Sharp’s dash camera captured the entire incident. It happened at the intersection of Galena Ave. and 4th St. in Dixon. The video shows a blue car nearly hitting multiple other cars and veering into oncoming traffic. Officer Sharp and his partner following the blue car — lights on — in an attempt to stop it, while avoiding traffic themselves.
Only Randy Tompkins — the man identified as the hero in the video — was able to see the driver of the blue car having medical issues.
“He was still coming towards me. As soon as he got to the intersection I could see that he was having a seizure,” said Tompkins.
That’s when he jumped into action, stopping his truck, getting out, and diving head first through the passenger window to put the car in park.
“I stuck two fingers in his mouth to keep him from biting and swallowing his tongue, I also tilted his head to the side,” explained Tompkins. “I didn’t know if it was the right thing to do…it just seemed right.”
That quick response could have been what saved the driver’s life. But for Tompkins, this type of emergency isn’t a first. When he was a teenager, he was involved in a head-on collision with a 92-year-old woman who was also having a seizure at the wheel. Tompkins says he’s humbled by the police and the community labeling him a hero.
“Honestly, I don’t think I am. I’m just a normal guy, I would do that for anybody,” he said.