August 19, 2015
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Published August 14, 2015
By Erin Jester
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Kenyata Carr, 23, was leaving Gainesville Work Camp, where he had just finished an overnight shift as a corrections officer, at about 7:30 a.m.
As he pulled up to a red light at the corner of Northeast 15th Street and E. University Avenue, Carr said he saw a minor car accident that appeared to have happened just moments before.
Carr got out of his own vehicle and saw that the male driver in the station wagon was slumped over inside.
With help from a bystander, Carr pulled the driver from the car, got him on the ground and administered CPR until emergency workers arrived, about two minutes later.
“It was a pretty scary situation . . . I pretty much was just trying to do everything I could to prevent him from dying,” said Carr, who was an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Explorer for seven years before working in security, then corrections.
GPD Spokesman Officer Ben Tobias praised the work of Carr for his quick thinking.
“The victim is extremely lucky Carr was in the area this morning,” he said. “I have no doubt that his quick thinking and action saved this man’s life this morning. He is the hero of the day.”
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.