20 reacted to save man’s life

March 26, 2019

Twenty people : including firefighters, police officers, medics and OmniSource personnel : were recognized Monday for helping save the life of a man who suffered a heart attack on the metal recycler’s property.

Steve Hoffman of Construction Resources of Indiana had the medical emergency Jan. 21. He attended the ceremony at Mayor Tom Henry’s office, but he declined to speak to reporters.

Chris Stabler of Geiger Excavating Inc. spoke on his behalf. The men know each other through work.

Stabler said he contacted the mayor’s office about recognizing the “unsung heroes” who saved Hoffman.

“For somebody to take that time to do everything it takes to save a life, it’s very special to me,” said Stabler, who was in an office across town when Hoffman had the heart attack.

Josh McDougall of OmniSource said it’s common for people to become spectators when faced with an emergency.

“I can tell you that the actions of the individuals involved on that chilly January morning were nothing short of brilliant,” McDougall said.

Their life-saving actions included calling emergency officials, performing CPR and running to a break room to get an automated external defibrillator, he said.

“This group demonstrated why safety is our No. 1 core value at OmniSource,” McDougall said. “We hold no higher value than the safety and well-being of our employees, our families and those that are working in and around our facilities.”

Henry presented certificates of excellence to those involved, describing them as “shining examples” of the type of citizens the city is proud of and wants in the community.

Recipients in attendance were McDougall, Dan Baxter, Rick Edgerton and Alex Richmond of OmniSource; Cliff Howe and Nathan Jansen, who work for Kenworth at OmniSource; Lt. Brandon Dickmeyer and firefighters Travis Gase, Michael Heastan and Rodney Salway of Fort Wayne Fire Department Station 9; officers Kerry Haywood and Ben Springer of the Fort Wayne Police Department; and paramedics Drew Edmondson and Bob Kruger of Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.

Those not in attendance were Tom Carnall, Craig Kirkwood, David Peters, Dammion Schlatter and Randy Sonner of OmniSource and Paul Taylor of Kenworth.

“It’s individuals like them that make Fort Wayne the type of community that it is,” Henry said. “We are, time and time again, a community that puts others in front of self.”