Trooper with Type 1 Helps Motorist with Diabetes During Bad Hypo
New Jersey Trooper Reinaldo Cruz said he was in the right place at the right time.
Dennis Huntley was in trouble, and it wasn’t because of the police lights flashing behind his car. Huntley, who has diabetes, was pulled off on the side of the road of the New Jersey turnpike on a August day because he was suffering from a dangerous bout of hypoglycemia. His meter read 47 mg/dL, and he had called 911. A call went out to the New Jersey State Police, who arrived quickly, but it would still take time for paramedics to reach him.
Luckily for Huntley, Trooper II Reinaldo Cruz heard the call. Cruz, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just a few years ago, was off-duty nearby. He decided to rush to the scene because he knew that there was a race against time to get Huntley help.
“I could only imagine that [his levels were] probably now lower than the 47,” Trooper Cruz said in a telephone interview with Insulin Nation.
When he arrived at the scene, he found Huntley shaking severely and having trouble with his speech. Cruz put some glucose gel on the side of Huntley’s mouth and tested his blood glucose. Huntley’s number climbed to 57 mg/dL. He gave Huntley some more, as well as some chocolate, and Huntley stabilized. Soon, the driver was well enough to be escorted to the next service station, where Cruz and his fellow troopers purchased him something to eat. They stayed with him until he was out of danger.
Trooper Cruz said he is grateful that he could be in the right place at the right time. Like anyone who has received a Type 1 diagnosis, he has struggled at tim Continue reading