An Indiana State Trooper arrived just in the nick of time to to save a choking 5-year-old who was coming home from vacation in his family’s minivan.
State trooper Ben Reasons was on his way home from work at 4:27 p.m. when he received a broadcast that an unconscious and unresponsive boy was on the side of U.S. 31
Reason hurried to the minivan within 30 seconds of the dispatch, where he found Maddox in his mother’s arms, turning blue with his eyes rolled back into his head and his jaw clenched shut.
The trooper performed the Heimlich maneuver and was able to get the boy to throw up whatever had been stuck in his throat.
Maddox was then taken to Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru, Indiana, and was later released. He is now back home in Georgia.
The Gates family is grateful for the heroic actions of Reasons, who they say appeared out of nowhere.
“We had these angels watching over us,” Jill Gates, Maddox’s mother said.
Thanks to Reasons, Maddox and his parents are able to breathe easy.
Reason who spent seven years with the Indiana State Police, receive first aid training every two years including CPR and the Heimlich maneuver like other troopers.