The following statement was issued Thursday by Indiana State Police:
(Indianapolis, IN)-Two Troopers from the Fort Wayne Post were honored yesterday afternoon at an awards ceremony at the Indiana Government Center.
Sergeant Luke Nathalang and Trooper Caleb Anderson were presented with the Department Lifesaving Award for their actions in separate incidents that occurred in 2013.
On March 26, 2013, Sergeant Nathalang drove up on a two vehicle crash scene on I-65 at the 111.8 mile marker in Marion County in which one of the drivers had suffered a heart attack (full arrest) causing him to lose control of his vehicle and crash with another. Nathalang quickly assessed the victim as needing immediate medical attention, removed him from his vehicle and began to administer CPR. He continued with CPR until the Indianapolis Fire Department arrived and took over medical life saving procedures which saved the driver’s life.
On December 25, 2013, Trooper Anderson and Officer Jason Fuhrman of the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at a local bar. Arriving prior to EMS, both Anderson and Fuhrman found two people inside of the bar suffering from gunshot wounds. They assessed that one of the victims had wounds to the neck, abdomen and was bleeding profusely from the right side of the neck. Anderson removed an emergency pack that he keeps in his ballistic vest, packed the wound and applied direct pressure to reduce the loss of blood. The Lutheran Health Network Trauma Medical Director confirmed that Anderson and Fuhrman’s actions were critical to the victim’s survival.
Both are “commended for outstanding police performance in the saving of a human life, and the display of exceptional initiative, capability and attention to duty, thereby earning respect and admiration for himself and the Indiana State Police."