Indiana officer, doctor save boy who collapsed at game

Sergeant Troy Fettinger visits 12-year-old Joel. (Provided Photo/Fishers Police Department)
Sergeant Troy Fettinger visits 12-year-old Joel. (Provided Photo/Fishers Police Department)

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – An Indiana doctor and police officer are being credited for saving the life of a 12-year-old boy after he collapsed at a basketball game over the weekend.

According to a release, Sergeant Troy Fettinger was conducting a security check at the Fishers Junior High School on Saturday when he saw the boy collapse while playing basketball.

Sgt. Fettinger called for police and medics and rushed to the court. He found the boy unresponsive and not breathing.

A Community Hospital Emergency Room doctor came out of the crowd to help and started CPR. Sgt. Fettinger then ran to his squad car and got his AED.

An AED shock was delivered and CPR continued until paramedics arrived and transported the boy to an area hospital. Police say a heartbeat returned to the 12-year-old, and he was able to breathe on his own. He was later taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health where he continues to recover.

Health officials say, after reviewing the information from the AED, the boy went into a lethal heart rhythm known as ventricular fibrillation and the only way he would survive was rapid defibrillation.

Officials say St. Fettinger’s actions saved the boy’s life. Since the incident, Fettinger has been in contact with the family, who have thanked him for saving their son’s life. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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