An off-duty Indiana
State Police trooper assigned to the Lowell Post saved a Dyer man’s life on
Friday, May 12, in the Town of Porter.
According to the
ISP, at 6 p.m. Trooper Thomas Maymi, was off duty in his personal vehicle
when, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Waverly Road, he observed
an SUV headed in the opposite direction, being “frantically steered” by an
elderly female from the front passenger seat.
The woman turned
onto southbound Waverly Road, nearly striking a telephone pole, then stopped
in a muddy graveled parking lot, the ISP said.
Maymi pulled into
the parking lot behind the SUV and made contact with the woman, who advised
Maymi that she needed an ambulance, that her 78-year-old husband who’d been
driving--and was now unconscious, slumped over, and beginning to turn
blue--appeared to be having a heart attack.
After asking a
passer-by to call 911, Maymi began chest compressions but, realizing he
needed to move the victim to dry, flat ground, grabbed the elderly male
under his arms from the front and lifted him out of the driver’s seat and
sat him on the ground. Maymi, assisted by a Good Samaritan, then carried the
man through the mud and water to a more suitable location approximately 25
feet away, the ISP said.
Maymi began chest
compressions again and at one point the elderly male opened his eyes and
started to take shallow breaths on his own. But he then once more lost
consciousness and Maymi re-started the compressions, until the man regained
consciousness and was alert and breathing on his own.
“His wife later
related to Maymi that her husband had stopped to put air in one of their
tires and struggled with this, which was unlike him,” the ISP said. “She
also stated that when he got back into the SUV he told her he didn’t feel
The man was
subsequently transported to Porter Regional Hospital for medical treatment.
demonstrates more than just being at the right place at the right time,”
said Lt. Terry Gose, commander of the Lowell Post. “It serves as a reminder
that an Indiana State Police Trooper is always on duty and the value of our
training to serve our communities and the people.”