(La Porte, IN) - A La Porte man used the CPR skills he learned in high school to save the life of a driver who crashed while experiencing a medical episode.
Jacob Henn, 31, gave all of the credit to God for placing him in the right place at the right time. “He just used me as an instrument and orchestrated it,” he said.
Henn was presented with the City of La Porte Excellence Award during Monday’s city council meeting. A healthy looking Anthony England, after a six week stint in the hospital, was there to meet the man he called his “Guardian Angel.” England also gave him videos of his mother and three daughters, ages 10, 12 and 13, expressing their gratitude. “I don’t know how you say thank you to someone who saves your life, but thank you,” he said.
According to La Porte Police, England was involved in a single vehicle collision on February 11 at Pine Lake Avenue and Indiana 39. Henn said he just returned home from his maintenance job in New Buffalo but had to go back to take care of unfinished business when he witnessed a slow moving vehicle strike a light pole. He ran over to find the driver unconscious.
Henn said he tried opening the doors but they were locked so he ran back to his truck and grabbed a metal jack. He used the jack to shatter one of the windows, unlocked a door and placed England on his back. Henn said he pumped on his chest and performed mouth to mouth resuscitation until emergency responders arrived.
He tried but was not able to find out if England survived until they were introduced to each other just prior to the meeting. “It was a pleasure to shake his hand and give him a hug,” he said.
Henn said even more heart-warming from being a father himself was learning England also has children. “I’m just grateful for Mr. England and his family that he’s got many, many more years ahead of him,” he said.