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Trooper Named a Hero for Saving Injured Man

Steve Wagner

WTHR reports a man’s life was recently saved after a trooper stopped bleeding from his leg that was caused by a drunk driver. The man who was injured, 25-year-old Latin McKinney was pulled over onto the side of the road working on his vehicle after it had died. His sister and another man were present, attempting to help him jump start the vehicle.

The drunk driver, 44-year-old Robert Butler, crashed into McKinney’s car near the 37 mile marker on I-465. McKinney was thrown over the guardrail, where his leg was badly injured.

The first officer to arrive at the scene was Indiana State Trooper David Ploog, also a member of the Indiana National Guard, and an Iraq War Veteran. Trooper Ploog was quickly able to recall medical training, and he accessed his own personal EMT kit in the trunk of his cruiser. Thankfully he had supplies, as well as a tourniquet with him, and was able to slow the bleeding until medical personnel arrived at the scene.

Medical staff who attended McKinney later said that the actions of Trooper Ploog not only saved Latin McKinney’s leg, they likely saved his life.

We are so thankful for the law enforcement officers and heroes who work so hard to protect us and come to our rescue when we are injured or in danger. Many thanks to Trooper David Ploog for his actions, and we are glad to have him here in Indiana! If you or a loved one have been injured by a drunk driver, remember that the motor vehicle accident attorneys at Wagner Reese are here to assist you with all of your legal needs. Call us today at (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation.


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