JULY 20, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEWS RELEASE #20-0720
CONTACT: SHERIFF TIM MORSE @ 785-364-2251
Deputy’s actions saves Hoyt resident
Sheriff Tim Morse reports that the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a residence located at 13027 134th Road Saturday evening around 8:30 pm. The caller reported that a car fell on his dad who was stuck beneath the vehicle. Family members attempted to free the man, however, they were unsuccessful. It was reported that the victim was barely breathing due to the weight of the car on his chest. Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Ballenger arrived on scene and was able to use a jack to lift the vehicle off the victim. Hoyt and Mayetta Fire Departments and Jackson County EMS responded to the scene as well as the Kansas Highway Patrol. The victim was transported by Jackson County EMS to a Topeka hospital and has since been released.
Sheriff Tim Morse said “The outcome of this incident could have turned very tragic, I am very appreciative of Deputy Ballenger’s quick thinking and the calmness he brought to a very tense situation. Deputy Ballenger was able to provide lifesaving instructions to those on the scene, communicate with the victim at the same time, and rescue the victim from death. Deputy Ballenger is an example of the brave men and women of the sheriff’s office who put their lives on the line each and every day for their community.”