Coaches, off-duty officers: ‘in the right spot at the right time’

KIMMELL, Ind. (WANE) Two off-duty police officers and a nurse from the stands came together Saturday to save the life of an 8-year-old boy who collapsed and suffered a seizure during a baseball game in Noble County.

“Only thing I can remember is hearing a helmet hit the ground and bouncing around,” said Chris Bateman, Rome City Deputy Marshal.

Bateman, who was coaching a baseball game in Kimmell, realized that it was one of his players who collapsed at second base and went into a seizure, according to a report. Bateman said it happened around 4:15 p.m. Saturday. He said it was only the first inning of the game and his team was up to bat. They were three batters in.

“I just immediately ran to where he was at,” said Bateman. “I think Richard and I got there at the exact same time.”

Indiana State Trooper Richard Williams was coaching the opposing team. Williams and Bateman ran to the boy and found him with facial injuries from the fall and turning blue because he was not breathing.

“We were both on the same page with getting him on his back,” said Williams. “Probably a good two minutes into the seizure we realized he was starting to turn blue. The only thing on my mind was, ‘I’ll do anything to get him breathing.'”

Williams and Bateman performed CPR on the boy. Shayla Gallo, a nurse who was watching the game, also ran onto the field and helped the two with the lifesaving measures, the report said.

“Whatever I did [Williams] reacted to it,” said Bateman. “Whatever he did, I reacted to it. Once [Gallo] got out there to help, we all just worked together.”

Within one minute, police said the boy began to breathe. He was taken to Parkview Noble and then to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. The boy’s condition is not known.

Williams credited “the help of Deputy Chris Bateman and Nurse Shayla Gallo and their quick action to save the child’s life and get him breathing again while waiting for EMS to arrive.”

“We were in the right spot at the right time,” said Bateman. “And it was just a joint team effort.”