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IPFW officer, AED credited with saving golfer

Statement issued Tuesday:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Just over a week ago – Monday, July 25 – as 78 year old James Momper leaned over to pick up his tee on the eighth hole at Shoaff Park’s golf course, he collapsed – the victim of an apparent heart attack.

9-1-1 was called and emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene. As the call came up on the in-car computer of Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Police Office Andrew Cottrell, he realized he was closer to the golf course than the other responders.

Cottrell radioed the Fort Wayne Police Department’s dispatch that he was in the vicinity, had an automatic external defibrillator (AED) in his car, and was responding to the scene. When Cottrell arrived at the golf coarse, an employee there took him to the eighth green, where Cottrell found Momper laying on the ground, unconscious.

The officer checked for a pulse and didn’t find one, although the patient was making noises in his throat. Cottrell then attached the AED to Momper, received a read-out that said the patient needed to be shocked, and administered one shock. Cottrell noted in his report that another shock was administered to Momper before the ambulance arrived on the scene. When the emergency medical personnel arrived, they took over, stabilized the patient and transported him to a local hospital.

Momper was hospitalized for five days and is now at home, enjoying gardening and looking forward to next year’s golf season. His family has expressed their appreciation to Officer Cottrell for his quick response, asking in a note, “How does one pay a friend who saves your life?”

In light of Cottrell’s action his supervisor, Lt. Kent Notestine, is submitting his name to the Northeast Indiana Chapter of the American Red Cross to receive the Lifesaving Award for the Professional, noting Cottrell “…made the save outside the limits of our jurisdiction. He saw the run on the in-car computer, knew he was close, and responded for the city…”

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