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Commission Chairman ‘Saw God At Work’ In Dramatic Rescue

As a longtime EMT and volunteer firefighter, Dale Strong has saved a lot of lives. Even though his day job now is being the Madison County Commission Chairman — not a medical professional — he still knows enough to know when someone was in danger. 

So when he saw a crash in Cullman on his way home from a funeral this past weekend, he knew he had to act. Something just looked wrong about the situation, and no one else was stopping to help, according to Yellowhammer News

“I quickly realized the vehicle had flipped and landed back on its wheels in a ditch,” Dale posted on Facebook.

The car was in the opposite lanes of I 65, so Dale took the next exit to circle back to the south side of the interstate. He rushed to the car where he found a driver in the front seat, unconscious, and he called 911.

“The wreck had just occurred and gas was pouring out of the vehicle. Another step or two, and I could see an unconscious man in the front seat. … I reached to check for a pulse,” Dale wrote. “The guy had no pulse and was not breathing.”  

By this time, another man had stopped to help, and the two men got the driver out of the vehicle. Dale got his medical kit from his car and started CPR while paramedics raced to the scene. 

When the ambulance arrived, the paramedics were able to revive the driver using a defibrillator and cardiac drugs, Dale said. 

“I can not believe it!” Dale wrote. “I saw God at work today in so many ways at mile marker 306 on Interstate 65. Joshua 1:9”

Joshua 1:9 seems to be the verse Dale lives by. It’s posted on his County Commissioner biography and reads, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Dale has spent most of his life helping others as an EMT, volunteer firefighter, 911 dispatcher and by working with Huntsville Med-Flight. Fittingly, his focus as a commissioner is public safety. 

By the time Dale got home, he had gotten word that the driver was going to be OK. 

We want to thank Dale for his work on the interstate that day as well as his service to our area. 

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