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Local taxi driver turned hero

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Taxi driver turned hero

EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - How would you react if you witnessed someone having a medical emergency in front of you, or behind you? Well, a local taxi driver experienced that first hand, and now he is being called a hero.

Bradey Smith has completed hundreds of taxi drives, but he won't soon forget his drive on September 26.

"It was insane, honestly. It was super intense, super traumatic looking into my rearview and seeing him convulsing and foaming from the mouth. It was nothing I've ever seen before. I picked him up from Luther Hospital, we get up Brackett Avenue, and he's like, 'I think I need to go back to the hospital.' I pulled into Wagner's parking lot, and opened the doors for him because at that point he had slumped over. He wasn't breathing, his lips were purple, and I just opened the door and told him help was on the way. His eyes were, like, rolled back into the back of his head," Smith said.

After an ambulance got the passenger to the hospital, Smith's mom, Ditto Sunshine, who was on the dispatch call, decided to make a Tik Tok about her son's actions.

"I just wanted him to know that it meant the world to me to watch him save a man's life," Sunshine said. "It's been really good. People are reaching out and telling me, 'Thank you for raising such a good man,' and thanking him for saving that man's life. It makes me feel really blessed."

Since the drive on September 26, Smith has earned the title of hero.

"I feel like I really didn't do much. You know, at the end of the day, they did say if I would have drove down to the hospital, there were so many variables, like if I would have been speeding or got pulled over, or gotten into accident. It would have taken 12 minutes to get back, or 10 to 12 minutes, to get him in the hospital. Instead, we waited here and it was like six minutes from the time we called to the time [the ambulance] got here. Definitely made a difference in what we did," Smith said.

Smith said he has not stayed in touch with the passenger, but he did want to pass along that he hopes the passenger is doing better. Smith also added that if anyone else goes through what he did, call an ambulance right away and park their car.

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