Right place at right time twice, trooper saves two lives


Sgt. Nathalang

Muncie, IN- A sergeant with the Indiana State Police saved a motorist’s life while being interviewed about an incident that occurred last week in which the sergeant saved another motorist’s life.

Sergeant Pornteb Nathalang, of the Enforcement Division, seems to have a knack of being at the right place at the right time and that proved to be the case again yesterday afternoon.

On March 26, Nathalang performed CPR on an Indianapolis man after he experienced a heart attack and crashed a 2009 Chevrolet work van he was driving.

Nathalang came upon the crash while on routine patrol and while assessing the crash, he noticed the driver, Benjamin Linkdley, 48, was in full cardiac arrest. Nathalang removed Lindley from his vehicle and performed CPR until relieved by the Indianapolis Fire Department emergency medical personnel. Lindley was transported to Methodist Hospital and is expected to survive.

Crash investigators learned that Lindley was speaking with his fiancée on the phone and complained that he felt ill. While the vehicle was still in motion Lindley lost consciousness and drove into the side of a semi-tractor trailer and the vehicles came to rest. The driver of the semi-tractor trailer was not injured.

Mr. Lindley’s survival is attributed to the CPR and medical procedures administered by Sgt. Nathalang and emergency medical personnel of the Indianapolis Fire Department.

After the life-saving actions by Sergeant Nathalang were released, he was contacted by two Indianapolis news stations requesting interviews concerning the events of the crash involving Mr. Lindley.

Nathalang conducted an interview on Monday at 6:00 p.m. on I-69 near a local gas station. When the interview was over, he was leaving in his car when he was flagged down by a frantic woman talking on her cell phone. The woman explained that she had pulled over and dialed 911 after her mother had become unresponsive while riding in the rear seat of her car.

With cameras rolling, Sgt. Nathalang found the woman to be lethargic, unresponsive and determined her oxygen tank was not delivering any oxygen. Sgt. Nathalang discovered that a valve on the oxygen tank had been installed incorrectly and was not allowing the oxygen to flow freely. After correcting the valve configuration the woman immediately begin felling better and asked Sgt. Nathalang to “please close the door, I’m cold.”

The women were able to continue their trip and the 911 dispatch was disregarded.

Sergeants Natalang’s actions are representative of the everyday work the men and women of the Indiana State Police perform daily to ensure the safety of the citizens and visitors to the State of Indiana.

Nathalang is a 28 year veteran and is the Indiana State Police Motorcycle Patrol North Zone Sergeant.


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