“I’m very surprised,” Allen said. “I don’t like to be recognized for (my actions). It’s part of the job. I’m overwhelmed.”
In making the announcement, Police Chief Thomas Vaughn pointed to Allen saving a man’s life while working part time at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Allen was directing traffic Aug. 15 when the call came out for the state police, but he said he knew he could get to the scene faster due to his location.
“I was informed by other fairground personnel and a bystander that they had been doing chest compressions for about 15 minutes before I arrived,” Allen wrote in a report. “When I arrived the man was lying on his back with his feet caught underneath of the front passenger seat. The man’s girlfriend was sitting in the passenger seat, and two young kids were standing right next to him. I instructed the man’s girlfriend to get out of the car and to take the young children out of the line of sight because they did not need to see their father on the ground getting worked on.”
Allen performed CPR until backup arrived with an automated external defibrillator. Medics injected Narcan, a medicine used to reverse the effects of opioids, usually in the case of an overdose.
An officer since 2004, Allen has been with the Southport department since 2011, where he is head of the training division and an instructor for the academy. He also is an officer for Franklin Township Schools.
The ceremony also featured the promotions of Kyle Vaughn and David Hodge to lieutenants, Nathaneal Williams and Aaron Allen to sergeants, Jason Swanson to detective and William Ballard, Aaron Hollenbaugh, William Tharpe and Casey Godby to corporals.