Heroes don't always wear capes: 30-year Army vet road crew worker saves a life

Updated: Jun. 14, 2023 at 3:55 PM AKDT
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Mario Jones spent 30 years in the military as a medic. In retirement, he has been working with Tlingit Traffic Control Professionals as a flagger on their most recent project of rockfall mitigation along the Seward Highway between Anchorage and Girdwood. On June 1, 2023, while flagging with traffic stopped, he noticed some commotion and a man signaling for help for a woman passenger in his car. Without hesitation, Mario jumped into action. The woman was unresponsive. With help from a nurse who happened to also be on the scene, the two administered CPR and continued to do so until an ambulance arrived. Because of Mario’s quick actions, authorities say he’s a large part of why the woman survived. You never know who will be put in your path to help you in the most unique of situations. The fact that Mario was there, traffic had stopped, the lady had an emergency, and he was able to swiftly attend to her as a former military medic is the perfect storm of being in the right place at the right time. Mario’s boss Lisa Keane calls him a hero. Mario just smiles and says he did what he had been doing all his life; helping people. Have a story idea? Email Dave at AllgoodNews@ktuu.com