INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts are proud to announce Sgt. Troy Fettinger, a Fishers, Ind. resident, as a 2014 honoree of the Colts Anthem Angels program, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Sgt. Fettinger will be recognized at the Colts home game this Sunday, November 30, 2014, for his outstanding contributions to the community.
When patrolling Sgt. Troy Fettinger of the Fishers Police Department made a routine stop at his son's basketball game this past February at Fishers Junior High, he was in the right place at the right time. He stepped into action when, after catching a few moments of play, a twelve year old boy on the opposing team collapsed and stopped breathing. Sgt. Fettinger rushed to the boy's side along with the boy's coach and an ER doctor present in the stands. As the three assessed the situation, Sgt. Fettinger recognized that the absence of the pulse indicated that the situation was much worse than the initially presumed seizure.
While the coach and doctor performed CPR, Sgt. Fettinger quickly retrieved the AED from his police car; he administered a single shock, which was enough to return a regular rhythm to the boy's heart. Doctors at the hospital where the young man was brought confirmed that had it not been for the trio's efforts and Sgt. Fettinger's quick response to the boy's condition, the situation would have been fatal.
A law enforcement officer of twenty-one years, Sgt. Fettinger reported while it is common for officers to employ the device they are all trained to use, having to do so on such a young patient, one whose age matches his own son's, was certainly unique.
With Sgt. Fettinger's quick action a life was saved and a bond between two families was formed. For demonstrating how an everyday hero goes above and beyond, we are proud to honor this week's Anthem Angel Sgt. Troy Fettinger.
"Anthem Angels…Honoring Everyday Heroes" was established by the Indianapolis Colts and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to pay tribute to Hoosier "First Respondents" who may have received little or no recognition for the strides they have made to help others in human-service related professions.
In honor of Sgt. Fettinger's heroism, he will receive four (4) VIP Club Seat Tickets to the Colts game, a feature story with his photo in the Colts gameday magazine (the Scout) and on www.colts.com, as well as on-field recognition at the game.
Nominations are currently being accepted for upcoming 2014 home games. For more information about Anthem Angels, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, please visit: www.colts.com/anthemangels.