Master Trooper Joe McLaughlin

(Whitley County, IN) 5-29-18 -A Trooper from the Indiana State Police Fort Wayne Post was asked to assist an ambulance crew this past Sunday morning as they were transporting an injured man from a race track in North Webster to Lutheran Hospital for injuries sustained in a crash while racing his four-wheeler.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., Master Trooper Joe McLaughlin met with the ambulance on US 30 near the Whitley/Kosciusko County Line and provided transportation for the injured man’s eight year old son and nine year old daughter so they would not have to watch as medics tended to their seriously injured father.

McLaughlin was able to use his own parental experience to talk with the kids in a compassionate way which made them feel more calm, comfortable and able to understand the situation more easily.  Contact with a family member was made, but it was going to be a couple of hours before she could pick the kids up, as she would have been coming from Michigan City.

McLaughlin drove the kids to Lutheran Hospital so they could see that their father was continuing to receive the medical attention he was still needing, and then he bought them lunch at a nearby McDonald’s before stopping at the Fort Wayne Post to await the arrival of the family member, all the while never leaving their side, even for a moment.

Lieutenant Corey Culler, Fort Wayne District Commander

“I am very proud of Joe for being compassionate and caring to some little children when they needed it most.  I am also very proud of Master Trooper Tim Myers and Region II Dispatcher Darcey Goehring for helping with the children also.   These are acts that our Troopers perform that go above and beyond, and make a difference in the communities they serve.”

McLaughlin is a 17 year veteran of the State Police and is a resident of rural Whitley County.

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