KIMMELL — An eight year old Wolcottville boy’s life was saved this past Saturday afternoon during a baseball game because of the quick actions of his coach, who was an off-duty Rome City Deputy Marshal, an off-duty Indiana State Trooper and a nurse who was watching the game from the stands.
According to Trooper Richard Williams, at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, during a baseball game in which he was coaching in the Noble County town of Kimmell, an eight year old boy from the opposing team collapsed on second base and went into a seizure.
Williams and the boy’s coach, Rome City Deputy Marshal Chris Bateman immediately ran to the boy and discovered he had facial injuries sustained in the fall and was beginning to turn blue because he was not breathing. Williams and Bateman began to clear the boy’s airway and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Shayla Gallo, a nurse who was watching the game ran onto the field and helped the two with the lifesaving measures.
Within approximately one minute, the boy began to breathe and was taken by Noble County EMS to Parkview Noble and then to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Williams credited “the help of Deputy Chris Bateman and Nurse Shayla Gallo and their quick action…to save the child’s life and get him breathing again while waiting for EMS to arrive”.
The boy’s condition is not known at this time.