INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Earlier this week, 24-Hour News 8 told you about an Indiana State Trooper who was credited with saving a man's life after he had a heart attack behind the wheel. Wednesday night, the two reunited for the first time.
Sergeant Luke Nathalang was at the right place at the right time. He said he now has a new friend.
It's a meeting that almost never happened.
"Nice to meet you," said Ben Lindley, heart attack survivor.
48-year-old Lindley embraced Sgt. Nathalang outside his south side home. Last Tuesday, March 26, Lindley was rushed to Methodist Hospital after suffering a heart attack.
"I don't remember having any problems," Lindley said.
Sgt. Nathalang gave him CPR and saved his life.
"I can't believe it," said Sgt. Nathalang.
"I can't either. I'm glad you did what you did," Lindley said.
"You are looking good," Sgt. Nathalang said.
Lindley was driving on I-65 when he suffered the heart attack and had a minor crash with a semi. Sgt. Nathalang just happened to be driving in the area and rushed to help him.
"When I took you out of that van I was so helpless. I was shaking you and trying to talk to you," Sgt. Nathalang said.
Doctors told Lindley his heart stopped twice.
"There's nothing I can do or say that will be able to thank him enough for what he done," Lindley said. "Of course I don't remember any of it so it's real emotional for Joyce."
Joyce Hays is Lindley's fiancé. With a dozen yellow roses in her hand, she also thanked Sgt. Nathalang for saving his life.
"Thank you so much; you are wonderful. There are not enough words - that's for you. Thank you so much," she said.
"It's a blessing for us; It's a blessing for our family. Everybody involved from here to Okeechobee," Hays said.
Sgt. Nathanlang said he was only doing his job.
"It was meant for me to be that guy, to be there because I've been on for 28 years now I've never been that close to make a difference and help somebody," he said.
Sgt. Nathalang stressed the importance of knowing CPR. He said all Indiana State Troopers know it and are trained to administer First Aid.
Before he left, he gave Ben an Indiana State Police hat, mug and a key chain and his fiancé yellow Easter Lilies for friendship.
Ben and Joyce are planning to get married next year in Florida. She said the wedding date might be moved up sooner and will possibly include Sgt. Nathalang as the best man.
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