South New Berlin man's life saved by stranger

One wrong turn led to a South New Berlin man’s life being saved, by a total stranger.

Posted: Jun 14, 2018 9:02 PM
Updated: Jun 14, 2018 9:45 PM

SOUTH NEW BERLIN – One wrong turn led to a South New Berlin man’s life being saved, by a total stranger.

Matthew Newman says he was driving in Chenango County last Tuesday, when he got lost.

“I took a wrong turn at the traffic light,” Newman said.

Newman says he was on his way home when he made the wrong turn, which led him to 80-year-old Richard Downey. Downey says he was outside his home doing yard work, when he began feeling ill.

"I got more dizzy and that is when I fell down in front of the porch there, and that is where I laid," Downey said.

According to WBNG, Downey was having a heart attack. Newman saw the fall as he drove by and immediately sprung into action.

"I had just this bad gut feeling. Something bad was really going to happen and I had to pull the car around," Newman said. "It was such a bad feeling I spun the tires."

Downey told Newman to knock on the door to his home, as family members were inside. Downey’s daughter, Rebecca Meek, says an ambulance was called but she says she had doubts that he would live due to a large blood clot near his heart.

"They didn't think I was going to make it to the hospital either but, it was a close call," Downey said.
Doctors told Downey that unique circumstances, and the actions of Matthew Newman helped save his life.

"If it weren't for him I would not be here today," Downey said. "I thank him a whole lot. At least I get a chance to live anyway and see another birthday."

Downey was in the hospital for two days until he was able to leave. He is currently staying at his daughter’s home to rest.

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