Indiana State Police honors Toll Road Post troopers
LOWELL — The Indiana State Police held an awards and recognition ceremony in Indianapolis on Friday. The ceremony publicly recognized the achievements and accomplishments that all too often go without the proper recognition.
Officers were recognized for their dedication, service, bravery, devotion to the department and the citizens of Indiana. Two troopers from the Toll Road Post were honored for their efforts in serving the citizens of Indiana.
The 2018 Trooper of the District Award for the Toll Road Post was presented to Trooper Scott Hipsher.
This award is given annually to a trooper at each district that personifies integrity, professionalism, and a well-rounded work ethic. Hipsher was selected by his command staff for his dedication, traffic and criminal enforcement, community involvement, and other services performed for the department beyond normal expectations.
Hipsher is an 8-year veteran of the Indiana State Police. He patrols the Indiana Toll Road in St. Joseph, Elkhart, and LaGrange Counties.
Trooper Alaa Hamed received the District DUI Award for the Indiana State Police Toll Road Post as well as a DUI Life Award.
The District DUI Award is presented to the top trooper in each district for outstanding efforts in removing intoxicated drivers from Indianas roadways.
Hamed’s efforts removed 73 intoxicated drivers from Indiana’s roads. Hamed is a 3-year veteran of the Indiana State Police. He patrolled the Indiana Toll Road in Lake and Porter County before transferring to the Lowell Post.
Hamed was also presented with a Lifesaving Award for extraordinary life-saving actions that were taken on Dec. 8, 2018.
At about 9:19 p.m., Hamed was dispatched to a report of a woman that was pinned between her car and a toll booth at Westpoint Toll Plaza in Hammond.
When Hamed arrived he found the female victim pinned between the toll booth and her car. The victim was unresponsive and had no pulse. Hamed had a toll attendant and a bystander support the woman as he moved her car and freed her.
After laying the female on her back, Hamed assessed her vitals and found that she still had no pulse. Hamed retrieved his Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from his police car and applied the pads to her. The AED advised to begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Hamed began compressions until Emergency Medical Services arrived. While the female was still hooked up to the AED and on the stretcher the AED was activated twice, resuscitating her.
The female was taken to Franciscan Hospital and later airlifted to Christ Advocate Medical Center in Illinois with serious injuries.