Man Recounts Being Saved By Fallen Trooper 4-07-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Man Recounts Being Saved By Fallen Trooper 4-07-2011

Trooper Jeffrey Werda saved a local man’s life three years ago, and that man was shocked to hear the trooper who responded to his own car wreck died in a very similar fashion.
Aaron Ambs goes to work every morning with a fresh outlook on life. That's because three years ago, Ambs most precious moments flashed before his eyes when his Porsche flipped over in Saginaw. Both he and his wife were in the car at the time of the crash.
"I was ejected from the vehicle through the sunroof and I had a broken back in three spots and a broken neck,” said Ambs. “[I also] had punctured lungs."
The first man to arrive at the 2008 crash scene was Michigan State Police Trooper Jeffrey Werda, the same officer killed in Wednesday’s rollover crash along I-75 in Saginaw County.
"He made sure that we were taken care of and he actually visited in the hospital the following day to check on the both of us,” said Ambs. “We received numerous phone calls [from him] just to check on us."
Ambs said Werda went above and beyond to make sure he and his wife were OK after the wreck.
"One of the first memories is being in the hospital and seeing him there with my father and my wife," said Ambs.
Ambs and his wife said they were glued to the coverage of a trooper being involved in a rollover wreck.
"We both looked at each other and thought to ourselves, ‘It could've been Trooper Werda,’ because we knew he worked third shift and I kept tabs on it,” said Ambs. “Once they released his name it was just shocking."
For Ambs, the crash was eerily similar to the wreck Werda rescued him from three years ago.
"And the irony of how he wrecked. He flipped his cruiser and was thrown .... my heart stopped," said Ambs.
He says his wreck was a life-changing experience. He's just thankful when he opened his eyes, the man who saved him was there so he could simply say "thank you."
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