7. Saving a Life with Soda
Sugary drinks have taken the blame for shortening lives by contributing to obesity. However, for one car crash victim, a bottle of Coca-Cola in the hands of an astute rescuer proved to be a lifesaver. After hitting black ice on New Hampshire’s Route 140, Susan Robbins’ Camry hit a tree stump, overturned and smashed into a truck, leaving her unconscious in her badly damaged car.
Mark Hickey, a NH National Guard training officer happened by the wreck shortly after it occurred. Another motorist had already stopped and was on the phone with 911 dispatchers, so Hickey looked around to see how else he could help. It was then that he noticed a fire in the car’s engine compartment. Hickey initially tried to staunch the flames with hunting clothes he had in his truck, but when he couldn’t reach the fire, he created a novel fire extinguisher from another item in his vehicle—a 2-liter bottle of Coke. Hickey shook the bottle and used its contents to put out the flames. He held Robbins’ hand until rescuers arrived. When Robbins’ husband passed the crash scene on the way to the hospital, where his wife was being treated for her (relatively minor) injuries, he was surprised to notice a Coke bottle in her car, as Susan drinks only Pepsi. However, when the story of Hickey’s heroic actions came to light, a grateful Susan Robbins offered to buy her rescuer a Coke.
Amazingly, this is not the first time Coke-as-fire-extinguisher has saved a life; a British teenager also saved his father after his body went up in flames after a garden fire.
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