Man meets trooper who saved his life

Two men reunited in victim's hospital room

HENRY COUNTY, Ind. - A Muncie man had the opportunity to thank the trooper who saved his life Sunday evening.

On April 15, Trooper Doug Snyder responded to an accident scene in the 5800 block of State Road 38 where he found a small box truck off the road, police said.

Officials said Snyder could see the driver of the truck, John Hale, 68, of Muncie, was not breathing and did not have a pulse.

Hale’s wife was in the truck with him and told police that he had suddenly lost consciousness and drove off the road, police said.

With the help of two Good Samaritans on the scene, Snyder pulled Hale out of the truck and immediately began CPR until Henry County Emergency Medical Services arrived, authorities said.

Hale was taken to Henry County Memorial Hospital where he was stabilized and was then transferred to Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.

The two men were reunited in Hale’s hospital room where he shook Snyder’s hand with a huge smile and thanked him for his quick actions that day.

“You surely saved my life,” Hale said. “I’m so thankful you were there that day, and I want people to know about the good job the men in blue do every day.”

Officials said Hale will be released from the hospital soon.

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