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Trooper Jason Ward
When Indiana Trooper Jason Ward contacted the post in Fort Wayne to check what was going on, he was told it was an alert siren for the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department and that it was for a passenger in a Plymouth Voyager van experiencing medical difficulties on U.S. 30 at the Allen County-Whitley County line.
Ward located the van at 12:21 a.m. and found 20-year-old Zachary P. Mosley wrapped in a blanket and unresponsive to attempts to rouse him.“I got there, and I was the first emergency vehicle there,” he recalled Tuesday afternoon. “A man was laid out in the back of a van. … He was not moving and his breathing was shallow.”
Sidney Allen, 20, of Columbia City, told the trooper Mosley has a history of heart problems and that chest compressions were done before Ward’s arrival, the statement said.
Shortly afterward, a volunteer firefighter from the Arcola department arrived. Together, they took Mosley out of the van, removed his shirt and affixed the automatic electronic defibrillator to his chest.
“Lo and behold, the machine said to shock him,” said Ward. “So I cleared everybody and pushed the button and it was like somebody turned the switch on. He woke up, then he sat up and leaned over, then fell back to the ground and said, ‘man, that really hurt.’”
“He started talking to us, mainly complaining about the pain he’d just received,” Ward said about the incident, which occurred at 12:17 a.m
He became more responsive and began answering questions. He was transported to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne where was listed in serious condition, the statement said.
“I just happened to be in the right place at the right time with the right piece of equipment,” said Ward, a seven-year trooper.
“I’m not medically inclined, so I don’t know much other than his heart wasn’t beating in a rhythm,” said Ward. “He was in trouble. For me to say he wouldn’t have made it, I’m not a doctor. He was in trouble, though.”
“It’s one of those things you hope you get to do,” said Ward. “You hope that God gives you the opportunity to be in the right place”