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ISP Trooper saves life of driver having heart attack in Porter

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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 well.”

The man was subsequently transported to Porter Regional Hospital for medical treatment.

“This incident 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.”


Posted 5/19/2017




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