Woman helps save man after icy fall in Raleigh

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A woman recalls the night she likely saved a man's life after a fall on the stairs (WTVD)

Stephanie Williams hasn't slept for four nights after the sound of a dog whimpering outside her Chamberlain Street apartment window on Tuesday made her wonder what had happened in her quiet Raleigh neighborhood.

When she stepped outside to investigate, she saw her upstairs neighbor Ben Cobb with a bloody gash on his head.

"I think he may have fallen. I'm not sure," she told ABC11. "When I found him he was on the ground already. He was face down, he was unresponsive. He was shaking a little bit, like his body was convulsing."

When she carefully turned him over and saw the severity of his head wound. "I screamed his name. He didn't say anything, he didn't move. And so that's when I dialed 911."

Then, with help from the dispatcher on the phone, she used her CPR training to help him until first responders arrived.

While it's still not clear exactly what caused Cobb to slip and fall about 25 feet to the pavement, Raleigh police tell us there's "a possibility the incident was weather related."

"It was extremely cold," said Williams. "It was still icy out, before it started raining. So when I walked over and bent down to him, he was very damp."

Cobb was taken to WakeMed and Williams and Cobb's neighbors hope he'll recover.

"I did try to call and go by there, but we can't see because we're not family," she said, and hopes he gets this message:

"That we love him, we hope that he gets better, and please don't give us another scare like that."

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