Quick Action Saves Life During Auction Accident Featured

By Ted Craig November 21, 2018

It’s a situation every auction dreads – a major accident on sale day with several attendees injured.

But the quick actions of the security staff at Southern Auto Auction in East Windsor. Conn, kept the event from becoming a tragedy.

Two of those security staff members were recognized recently for their efforts.

The accident occurred on Aug. 1, when the driver of a Buick sedan suffered a massive heart attack, causing the vehicle to accelerate across the lanes. The out-of-control car crashed into two customers, careened off a safety barrier, struck a vehicle exiting another auction lane and finally came to rest in a tree line at the rear edge of the parking lot.

Frank Deltoro, Southern’s  security director, rushed to the scene.

Deltoro found the driver unconscious, not breathing and without a pulse. He pulled him out of the vehicle and began administering CPR.

Nicole Devlin, an off-duty police officer working security that day, joined Deltoro and took over as he went to get the auction's automated external defibrillator 

Deltoro used the portable electronic device to deliver three shocks to the man's chest, preventing cardiac arrest, while Devlin continued to administer CPR.

The driver was taken away to Hartford Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery due to Deltoro and Devlin’s quick actions.

Deltoro received the National Auto Auction Association’s Distinguished Service Medal during the group’s recent convention.

"Frank Deltoro's unhesitating, rapid response and cool-headed emergency care in the midst of an appalling event truly merits recognition, and it is our privilege to do so by awarding him our highest honor," said NAAA President Warren Clauss.

“He was instrumental in ensuring a positive outcome from this terrible accident and serves as an exceptional example of the humanitarian spirit this decoration was created to encourage."

Devlin was awarded the Life Saving Award from the East Windsor Police Dept.

Deltoro, who started at Southern Auto Auction as a security guard in 1988, learned the medical emergency techniques through the auction's onsite training programs. He has put his first aid skills to good use on a variety of injuries and has saved three lives during his 30-year career at the auction.

Larry Tribble, president and owner of Southern Auto Auction, said the auction staff followed Deltoro’s example during the accident to implement its emergency plan. The staff worked with first responders to  to ensure that the others injured in the accident received immediate treatment.

Staff at Hartford Hospital said the response at the scene worked unbelivably well during the incident. 












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