KIRKWOOD, NEW YORK (WBRE/WYOU) - Two New York state plow drivers are being called heroes tonight after helping to save a fellow plow driver from Pennsylvania.
The PennDOT worker from Susquehanna County had just pulled over while clearing snow along Interstate 81 when he started having chest pains.
The two plow drivers from New York state say they were just in the right place at the right time.
Venley McGregor is one of the New York state plow drivers.
Along with his partner, Christopher Merrall, the New York highway maintenance worker came to the aid of a brother in need.
It was just before noon Sunday when PennDOT plow operator Keith McCauley pulled off Interstate 81. He says he was having severe chest pains and couldn't get back in his truck to call for help on his own.
He flagged down the two New York drivers when he saw them.
"I got out of my truck and I went over to him and I said, what's going on Chris? He goes, this guy here is having chest pains. The guy was really coughing. It seemed like he was in a lot of pain," McGregor said.
McGregor pulled out his phone and called 911.
He then worked to keep the Susquehanna County PennDOT employee calm until help arrived.
"We're all on the same team. They're doing the same thing I do up here," McGregor said.
The emergency played out at the turn-arounds right at the Pennsylvania/New York state line. Normally, when the drivers cross paths while plowing they only way or give a simple hello.
In New York state, plow drivers are often trained in first aid and CPR by their supervisors.
"Just knowing what to do makes a big difference, whether its calling 911 or controlling bleeding," New York highway maintenance supervisor Dan Sabol said.
For Venley McGregor, he's just happy the Susquehanna county PennDOT employee was able to get the help he needed.
He downplays that he did anything special but his co-workers don't.
"Nah, not really. I'm glad I was there to help," McGregor said when asked if he felt like a hero.
"They're teasing them more than anything else! They're heroes. We're going to get capes for you!" Sabol said.
Eyewitness News spoke with PennDOT employee Keith McCauley by phone Tuesday morning. He says this incident was a wake-up call for him and he felt like his symptoms Sunday were leading towards a heart attack. He has already been released from the hospital and following up with doctors for stress testing.
The New York state plow drivers say they would like to meet up with Keith McCauley in the coming weeks when he feels up to it.