Local police officer saves a man’s life while on patrol

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Terre Haute Police Officer Ryan Plasse used CPR to save a man’s life.

Plasse was dispatched to the Hilton Garden Inn downtown where a man had collapsed. The man had fell and hit his head while carrying luggage into the hotel.

Once Plasse arrived and noticed the man wasn’t breathing and couldn’t feel a pulse he rolled the man onto his back and gave CPR.

“I arrived at Union (hospital) at the same time medics did and I saw that he was talking to medics,” stated Plasse. “I was instantly relieved to see that he was talking on his own and was coherent and knew what was going on.”

According to Plasse, he gave around 30 chest compressions before the man on the group became responsive.

“I’m very proud for the actions that Officer Plasse took because it definitely had an impact on this man’s life,” stated Terre Haute Police Chief Shawn Keen. I’m appreciative and I think the rest of the department is very proud of him.”

Though Plasse was the first to arrive on scene, he believes that if any of his coworkers would have been the first to arrive, they would have jumped into action and done the exact same thing. According to Chief Keen, officers are trained in CPR regularly.

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