GOOD SAMARITAN: Man steps in to save unconscious woman, family wants to thank him

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – A video was posted to Facebook of a woman who witnesses say was dumped on the side of the road.

A good samaritan jumped into action to help the unconscious woman and says he’s no hero.

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He says he’s thankful for his high school CPR class that he was able to put to good use.

Garrick Doyle says, “I was scared I didn’t think she was going to make it.”

In a Facebook live video Garrick Doyle was seen performing CPR on an unconscious woman he didn’t know.



Witnesses say she was dumped on the side of the road, unconscious, and apparently had overdosed.

Doyle says, “I don’t believe I’m a hero The first time I did it I got a little cough out of her and I prayed honestly, kept doing compressions and she finally came to and I was excited.”

Many who saw this video, including the victim’s family say otherwise. Doyle says she was unconscious and didn’t have a pulse when he arrived, but he managed to get her breathing when help arrived.

Catrina Cabe says, “He’s amazing, I love him I want to wrap my arms around him and tell him how much I love him God loves him and how the angels were rejoicing as he was pouring his heart out into this beautiful woman who was laying in the gutter.”

Chattanooga Fire Department arrived administered a drug overdose reversal drug, Narcan/Naloxone, and transported the woman to the hospital, where her family says she is doing okay.

Cabe says that her organization works to help woman like this victim through whatever they are going through.

Cabe says, “I felt sick I thought that she might be one of my girls even when I found out that she wasn’t she still was one of my girls because she’s here in Chattanooga. If you’re in Chattanooga and your woman you’re my girl.

Cabe believes, “It was such a beautiful picture of our community in the Chattanooga. There’s so much disparity in the media between race relations between the police department and the African-American community and what we saw here in this video was the community and the police department coming together and working together as one. That happens more often than what the mediation and that needs to be amplified for the public to see that the police didn’t try to stop him from saving that woman he didn’t try to stop saving this woman.  This was the African-American community and our Police Department working hand-in-hand with love to help this woman who neither one of them knew, but she’s a person she’s a human being and she is worthy.

She believes the media doesn’t show enough about the good in the community and “that needs to be amplified for the public to see that the police didn’t try to stop him from saving that woman he didn’t try to stop saving this woman. This was the African-American community and our Police Department working hand-in-hand with love to help this woman who neither one of them knew, but she’s a person she’s a human being and she is worthy.”

Doyle believes it is a teaching moment for all.

“Anyone that needs help just help them. No matter what color they are, what ethnicity they are, or their situation. If you see someone help them out you never know when you’re going to need to help or your family may need the same help as well,” says Doyle.

Cabe had a message for the victim:

“What I want to say to her is please watch that video please watch that video of yourself, look at your skin and how all of the color was gone from your body, look at your daughter, look at your children, look at your life. If you are willing to do whatever it takes in order to get help, I am here to help you. I will fight exactly as hard as you do if you quit I quit. I’m here for you girl. I will take you wherever you need to go I will help you through whatever process you need to go through and it can happen. I was severely addicted to opiates I was severely addicted to crack cocaine and now the Lord has blessed me out of homelessness into a new car, new home and her husband and all of these things are waiting for you. All of these things are waiting for you. let me help you get it, let someone help you get it.”