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ISP troopers perform CPR in medical crisis on I94

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Two troopers just happened to be in the right place at the right time for a LaPorte man on Monday, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 3:10 p.m. Charles W. Morgan, 68, of LaPorte and his wife were eastbound on I-94, at the 19.1 mile marker just east of the Portage exit, when Morgan began to feel ill. Police said that Morgan was in the left lane when he veered to the left and began to slow down. Morganís 2012 Ford Fusion went off the road and hit the concrete median barrier wall twice before Morganís wife was able to lean over and press on the brake pedal to stop the car, police said.

Tim Mark of Trail Creek, Ind., saw the Fusion hit the barrier wall and pulled over to help, realized that Morgan was in distress, and removed him from the vehicle, police said.

Master Trooper David Eggers, assigned to the ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, and Master Trooper Tom Mechling, assigned to the Bremen District, were in the area escorting a superload windmill blade when they heard the dispatch. Eggers and Mechling recognized Morgan to be in distress and began to perform CPR until Portage EMS arrived and took over treatment.

Morgan was transported to Porter Regional Hospital, where he is in critical condition, police said.




Posted 9/24/2013