life saving officers recognized

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 16:24 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

10 LaPorte County Police officers and two jail deputies have been recognized including one who possibly helped stop a mass shooting from occurring.

Sgt. Brett Swanson was among the officers looking for a 16-year old boy who escaped from the LaPorte County Juvenile Services Center October 23 then during a residential burglary in Michigan City stole a bunch of guns and ammunition, said LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd.

Boyd said it appears the teenager strategically placed several of the guns at an undisclosed location.

Officers from multiple jurisdictions alerted to the alleged plan were looking for the boy close to schools he previously attended when Swanson spotted the boy in the 1800 block of Elston St., according to Michigan City Police.

Boyd said Swanson also helped with the arrest during a foot pursuit.

''What they did prevented a potential tragedy from happening,'' Boyd said.

Also recognized were officers Kristina Wimmer, Andrew Morse, Zach Feldmeier, Diantre Kincaid, Bobby Greer, Troy Ryan, Gabe Struss, Wade Wallace, Shane Landry, Neil Lachmund and Austin Wells.

Lachmund on November 10 saved a life by applying a tourniquet to stop the profuse bleeding from the slashed arm of a woman attempting suicide in Union Mills.

11 days later, Wells applied the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge a nut from the airway of a choking woman he had just pulled over for speeding.

Morse and Wimmer teamed up October 8 to resuscitate a dog with smoke inhalation from a house fire outside LaPorte.

The other cases involved the heroin antidote narcan given to overdose victims, including a female jail inmate, who otherwise might have died.

''The greatest thing that we can do during the course of our career is to save lives. We train for the worst and we hope for the best and they performed flawlessly exactly as the public would expect them to,'' Boyd said.