DATE: Thursday, August 20, 2015
SUBJECT: Sheriff’s Office Rescues Two People in One Day
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding

The Sheriff’s Office rescued a victim who was suffering from cardiac arrest and later rescued a child who was pinned beneath a truck.

On Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 1:45pm a female visitor to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office Confinement Center experienced sudden cardiac arrest.

Sheriff’s Office confinement officers and medical staff quickly responded to the visitation area and rendered aid. Officers noted that the female was unresponsive, that her face was turning blue and her pulse was weak. Sheriff’s Office staff began CPR with chest compressions and deployed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The AED detected an abnormal heart beat and administered a shock, which restored the heart to normal rhythm. The female was then transported by AMR to the hospital for treatment.

Later in the afternoon at 4:00pm the Sheriff’s Office responded to 7494 Old Boonville Highway upon report of a juvenile pinned beneath a motor vehicle. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found a 6-year-old boy trapped beneath a white 1988 Dodge Dakota pickup truck. The child’s leg was pinned between the rear bumper of the truck and the ground.

Sheriff’s deputies, Evansville Fire Department firefighters and an Evansville Police Department officer were able to lift the truck upwards and free the child. The child was not seriously injured and was transported by ambulance to the hospital for evaluation.

The accident occurred when the grandfather of the child attempted to unload a riding lawnmower from his truck by backing against an incline. Without his knowledge his two grandchildren had climbed onto the back bumper of the truck. The truck lurched while backing up, causing the 6-year-old to fall and become pinned.

Sheriff Wedding stated, “I am very proud of the quick response and professionality of our staff.”  Sheriff Wedding added, “Having the right resources at the right place at the right time can make all the difference.”