Above the Call: Avenal SP lieutenant, wife assist family after truck wrecks

A truck went over the barrier on a busy highway on Nov. 12. Avenal SP Lt. Weber and his wife were the first to respond to help.

A truck went over the barrier on a busy highway on Nov. 12. Avenal State Prison Lt. Jason Weber and his wife were the first to respond to help.

By Lt. Michael Tuntakit, AA/Public Information Officer
Avenal State Prison

A weekend road trip found a CDCR lieutenant and his wife rendering aid to a family caught in a truck precariously perched on a retaining wall in the middle of a busy highway.

On Nov. 12, Lt. Jason Weber and his wife were returning home traveling eastbound on Highway 46 near Paso Robles. A westbound vehicle was approaching but the driver appeared to be losing consciousness. The truck hit a retaining wall and became caught on the divider.

The driver appeared to be having a diabetic reaction. The Webers and others helped the woman until the ambulance arrived 20 minutes later.

The driver appeared to be having a diabetic reaction. The Webers and others helped the woman until the ambulance arrived 20 minutes later.

The Webers immediately pulled over and were the first to respond to the accident.

“My wife went to the driver’s side and started attending to the woman,” said Lt. Weber. “I got the man out of the passenger side. It appeared everyone was wearing their seat belts but all the air bags were deployed. The passenger told me there was a boy (his grandson) in the back seat.”

The driver appeared to be diabetic and was suffering from low blood sugar.

When Lt. Weber opened the passenger rear door, 5-year-old Casey jumped into his arms.

“I got him and his grandpa down from the truck and safely to the side of the road but the boy would not let go of me,” said Lt. Weber. “He was crying and scared. By that time the wife and another Good Samaritan got the woman out. She was dazed and slurring her words. She couldn’t hold herself up so my wife and another man assisted, carrying her to the side of the road with traffic still blazing by in both lanes.”

They laid her down and made multiple trips back to the vehicle for her diabetic kit and other supplies. They checked her blood sugar levels which were very low and cared for her until an ambulance arrived 20 minutes later.

“The driver appeared to go unconscious just as the fire department arrived. They then took control and relieved those who were helping,” Lt. Weber said.

The lieutenant gives much of the credit to his wife.

“It was awesome to watch my wife take control of the situation and help since she has a background of medical assisting. Thank God she was there to help because that little boy was not letting go of me. He was uninjured, but I clearly found a new friend,” he said.

The boy asked to take a photo to show to his parents. The lieutenant obliged.

“Once the CHP and ambulance came he was doing better,” Lt. Weber said. “They were able to leave but not without catching a selfie together. This kid had me laughing.”

Lt. Jason Weber and 5-year-old Casey managed to get a quick selfie before the child went with authorities. Lt. Weber comforted Casey until help arrived.

Lt. Jason Weber and 5-year-old Casey managed to get a quick selfie before the child went with authorities. Lt. Weber comforted Casey until help arrived.

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24 Responses

  1. R. Lozano Friday, December 2, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    God put you two at the right place to do His job on Earth.
    Awesome job.

  2. N. Valenzuela Thursday, December 1, 2016 / 9:52 am

    Great job to the Webers. Such a blessing for all involved. Loved the pic. A very positive interaction from law enforcement.

  3. john Monday, November 28, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    Talk about a lasting impression….Little guy will probably be at the academy in about 15 years!

  4. Connie Monday, November 28, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    God bless you and your wife for your quick response and knowing the right things to do to help a family in need. Awesome story and happy ending.

  5. KT Monday, November 28, 2016 / 9:39 am

    Awsome, great job from you both. That little kid has a new friend for life.

  6. D.Hicks Monday, November 21, 2016 / 9:27 am

    I have had the pleasure of working with Weber at PVSP. Congratulations on your promotion, and thank you and your wife for your service and dedication. True heroes.

  7. Juanita Crosby Friday, November 18, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    So proud of you and your wife. It is a double blessing that everyone came out safe out of this dangerous situation and you gave that child a memory that will last forever as a positive interaction with law enforcement when he needed it most. Awesome!

  8. T.M. Friday, November 18, 2016 / 10:05 am

    Excellent work!

  9. ROLANDO LOPEZ Friday, November 18, 2016 / 2:42 am

    Good job buddy! You know I’m proud of you. Loved the selfie you took with the little boy, definitely found a way to ease his mind, you are good at that. Your heroism reminds me of back in the day when you did rodeo. You were always the courageous one. You made the department proud.

  10. Mitch Thursday, November 17, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Great job to you and your wife, partner.

  11. Kim Thursday, November 17, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Nice Job! This is who CDCR really is!

  12. John Mendiboure Thursday, November 17, 2016 / 11:51 am

    Great job, brother! You and your wife stopped and took action when most people would have just kept going.

  13. Greg Hernandez Thursday, November 17, 2016 / 11:15 am

    Great job by the Webers, showing the best of people helping those around them.

  14. Matthew Koop Thursday, November 17, 2016 / 11:13 am

    You were the blessing that this family needed. And that picture with Casey is priceless–Well Done!

  15. Karen Bains Thursday, November 17, 2016 / 10:48 am

    God placed you at the right time and right place to lend a helping hand. That little boy will always remember the courageous and heroic actions you demonstrated to help his family.

  16. S. Tyler Thursday, November 17, 2016 / 10:48 am

    Awesome. I believe things happen for a reason.

  17. J. Plascecncia Thursday, November 17, 2016 / 10:17 am

    Great job, Lieutenant!!

  18. PVSP K9 Officer S. Chan Thursday, November 17, 2016 / 10:11 am

    My old buddy, Jason. God works in mysterious ways, brother. You and your wife happen to be at the right place and the right time. I’m very proud to be your friend and also proud that you represent your Department very well. You were a great asset at PVSP and ASP is also fortunate to have you there as well. Congrats on your promotion as a lieutenant and wish you and your family well and protection. The family from the accident are alive due to you and your wife’s quick response. Outstanding job, brother!

  19. Diana Viale Thursday, November 17, 2016 / 10:07 am

    Good Job to you and your wife Lt. It’s nice to see people like yourself and your wife out there assisting without hesittion to people in dire need. Without your assistance, who knows what could have happened to this family. Good Job!

  20. Amy Taylor Thursday, November 17, 2016 / 9:54 am

    Great job! Good thing you two were driving by because it sounds like other drivers just kept going on their merry way.

  21. ARAGON Thursday, November 17, 2016 / 9:47 am

    Awesome job. Blessings new every morning:-)

  22. M. Robles Thursday, November 17, 2016 / 9:45 am

    What a good read. Great job to Lt. Weber and his wife. That 5-year-old boy will forever remember you guys’ heroic actions.

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