Gov. Jeff Colyer deviated from campaign work Friday afternoon by offering assistance to a man involved in an accident on K-10 highway.
The governor’s spokeswoman, Kara Fullmer, said Colyer spotted a man sitting next to his truck and trailer, which had been clipped in an accident on the other side of the road. The man appeared to be suffering from heat exhaustion.
Fullmer said the governor ordered his driver to stop the car. After talking with the man, Colyer gave him a bottle of water, helped him to his feet and brought him to a trooper’s car where he could sit in air conditioning.
“The governor just wanted to make sure he was OK,” Fullmer said.
She said the incident was part of a large accident scene they encountered as they traveled to Kansas City, Kan., where they were heading for a campaign event.
She also said the governor “does this all the time.” During a wrestling tournament one time at the Expocentre in Topeka, she said, he ran down to the floor to help an injured competitor.
“This is just what he does,” Fullmer said. She said she passed along a message about the governor’s actions to staff members as a reminder of who they work for. She said she didn’t realize it would become public, but a fellow staff member shared her photos on Twitter.
Colyer is a physician whose medical work includes volunteering with the International Medical Corps, a nonprofit humanitarian group. In a conversation for Capitol Insider, a podcast by The Topeka Capital-Journal about Kansas politics, he described negotiating with a warlord in Sudan to gain access to a hospital.