The Westville Correctional Facility chaplain has been named Ambassador of
the Quarter for his quick and selfless action taken to assist an injured
driver, the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) said.
Late last year, Chaplain Steve Green was southbound on U.S. Highway 421 to
attend a meeting in Indianapolis when, just north of Highway 10, he observed
a vehicle off the roadway, turned upside down in a deep water-filled ravine.
Green pulled off to help other motorists who had stopped, determined that
one of them had called for emergency assistance, then learned that no one
had ventured down to the vehicle to see if there were any passengers in the
vehicle or their condition.
Green entered the ditch, having to cross over the bottom side of the car to
get to the driver, who was partially hanging out the back door. The man was
unconscious, covered in mud, and initially unresponsive.
“Green’s emergency response and first aid training from the facility kicked
in,” DOC said. “He checked for breathing and a pulse again and was relieved
to find them. He remained with the driver of the vehicle, offering words of
encouragement and moral support while keeping him immobile to prevent
further injury. He remained at the young man’s side until emergency
personnel arrived on the scene, and then assisted them with the extrication
of the driver. The driver was ultimately airlifted to a nearby hospital for
treatment. Green cleaned himself off as best he could, then got back in his
vehicle and continued on to his meeting.
“This is not the first time Chaplain Green has aided in an accident and it
surely will not be the last as those who know him recognize his commitment
to helping his fellow man,” Superintendent Mark Levenhagen said.