Region troopers perform CPR on man at Notre Dame bookstore

2012-10-18T13:10:00Z 2012-10-19T15:24:05Z Region troopers perform CPR on man at Notre Dame bookstoreTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 18, 2012 1:10 pm  • 

Two local state troopers were among a team of emergency responders who performed CPR on a man who collapsed in a Notre Dame bookstore.

Trooper Gary Runde of Portage, Senior Trooper Brian McCall of Crown Point, and Trooper Ryan Purkiser of Plainfield had just finished a traffic control assignment Saturday near the Notre Dame campus in South Bend when they began a foot patrol.

Shortly before 2:30 p.m., the troopers were approached by a customer in Hammes bookstore who alerted them to a man who had collapsed and was not breathing.

The troopers performed CPR on the man until Notre Dame and South Bend Fire Department personnel arrived to take over.

Patrick Carpenter, 47, of Churubusco, was taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend. As of Monday, Carpenter remained in the intensive care unit at Memorial Hospital, according to Indiana State Police.

In August 2011, Runde was credited with saving the life of a Lowell woman who was choking on food at a Crown Point restaurant.

Police said Runde went to the woman's table and asked if she was choking. The woman put her hands around her neck and nodded.

Runde grabbed the woman around the abdomen and administered three or four thrusts before the food was dislodged and the woman began breathing on her own. He then called for an ambulance.

Thye woman was transported to Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point for observation.

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