INDIANAPOLIS – This past Friday, the Indiana State Police held its Fall Awards Ceremony at the Indiana Government Center. During the ceremony, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter recognized the lifesaving actions of a Trooper from the Fort Wayne Post, a Reserve Deputy Marshal from Rome City and a registered nurse.
On Saturday, April 29, 2017 Trooper Richard K. Williams was off-duty coaching his son’s baseball team in the Noble County community of Kimmell when he saw a player having an epileptic seizure and fall face first onto the ground at second base.
Williams and Chris Bateman, an off-duty Reserve Deputy from the Rome City Police Department ran to the boy, rolled him over and protected him during the course of the seizure. As the seizures subsided, Williams and Bateman observed the beginning effects of cyanosis, the lack of oxygen in the blood. After checking for a pulse and not finding one, they immediately began to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
While this was occurring, Shayla Gallo, a registered nurse who was sitting in the stands, ran onto the field to assist with CPR. An automated external defibrillator (AED) was provided for their use, but did not call for a shock to be administered. Within a few seconds, the boy began to breathe on his own and he was transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center where he spent two days being evaluated before being released.
For their extraordinary conduct in saving the life of a human being, Williams, Bateman and Gallo were presented the Indiana State Police Life Saving award by Superintendent Carter.