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Allen County police officer Kevin Surface, left, is greeted Friday by Sheriff Ken Fries for his lifesaving efforts.

Lifesaving efforts earn recognition for officers


– Terry Bodine only remembers the Monday before the heart attack.

That day, he volunteered at Sycamore Hills Golf Club, bringing water and whatever else competitors at the Hotel Fitness Championship needed while competing for PGA Tour cards.

He did the same thing the next day, and then the day after that and even the day after that.

But that final day, a Thursday, he came home from the golf club that morning and, right around noon, fell to the floor in front of his wife.

About 92 percent of the people who suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital die, according to the American Heart Association.

Bodine became one of the lucky 8 percent, though, partly because of the CPR performed by Allen County sheriff's officer Kevin Surface.

Surface, along with a slew of other officers, was honored Friday at the department's annual Law Day Awards ceremony.

Bodine and his wife, Joy, were on hand to present Surface with a letter of appreciation for his efforts in saving a life.

“I'm honored just to be here to shake his hand,” Bodine said. “To be asked to present him with that was even better.”

When Joy Bodine called emergency dispatchers Aug. 29, Surface was the first to arrive at the couple's Huntertown home, beating medics and other emergency workers there.

He quickly took over performing CPR from Joy and continued to work on Terry until other medics arrived.

Terry Bodine was taken to a hospital in critical condition, where he recovered and woke up days later to his children and grandchildren around him.

Today, all sheriff's officers are certified in CPR.

That, though, was not always the case, Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries said.

“I remember (Chief Deputy Dave Gladieux) and I made a big deal about it,” Fries said. “It was around 1990.”

Fries said in his 30-plus years on the force he's had to perform CPR numerous times. Four people in that time survived.

“The first time is nothing like you think it'd be,” Fries said. “It's surreal. And then you begin thinking, ‘Where's my help?' Minutes feel like hours.”

In the years since all officers have become CPR certified, the sheriff's department has also added defibrillators to some of its squad cars.

And now all officers who tried to save someone using CPR are honored on Law Day – regardless of the outcome of those efforts.

While Surface was able to save Bodine, he performed CPR on another person last year who did not survive.

So too did several officers who were given letters of appreciation.

“You have to recognize their efforts,” Fries said. “You have to.”