From Left Field
By BOB SHRALUKA
For Ethan Scorey, it was adrenalin kicking in and "doing what you gotta do."
For Kirsten Cochran, it was a matter of reacting to a situation ... and perhaps saving a man's life with a mere few tugs of his body.
It was last October 31 when Scorey was making what he described as "a parts run" for the company he works for, Pampered Coach Truck Center of Fort Wayne. The 21-year-old Adams Central grad also attends St. Francis University in Fort Wayne and just recently moved from the home of his mother, Cindy Schwartz, to the Summit City.
He was coming onto Washington Blvd. from Coliseum Blvd. in Fort Wayne when, "as I was on the bend, I saw this van on Washington flipping end over end," Scorey said. "Another guy and I parked and got out (of their vehicles). He told me to call 911, which I did.
"Then he started yelling for me to come help him lift the van. They (911 dispatchers) told me to stay on the line, so I did. By this time a third person was there and we got it off him."
No easy task.
"It was completely on its side," Scorey said. "I guess the adrenalin kicked in as we were able to get it up and off him. He (the injured man) seemed to be having a seizure, The bottom half of him was under it. It was hard, but we got it up and then Kirsten pulled him out from under.
"You just do what you gotta do."
Scorey said EMS arrived in probably five minutes of so, "but it seemed like it was forever" before the medics showed up.
Later, he remarked, he heard the medics had said the man likely would have died had he stayed under the van much longer.
And when it was all over. "I hopped back into the company van and went back to what I was doing," Scorey said, with half a chuckle. He had quite a story to tell the folks back at headquarters, that's for sure.
Three lift, one pulls
Cochran, 18 years old at the time, didn't see the vehicle flipping, but she reacted quickly when it was over.
"I was coming home from class (at Ivy Tech)," she recalled this week. "It was about 11 a.m. and I was getting off the ramp. I didn't see it happen. It happened right in front of the off ramp. Ethan, it turned out, was in front of me."
She quickly left her vehicle. "Two guys were trying to lift the van; Ethan was one of them. I tried to help them lift if, but then a third guy came and helped so then I just pulled him out when they got it off him," Kirsten said.
So was the man conscious? "Well, his eyes were rolling back and he was making a sound like snoring. He woke up after a while and tried to get up, but we told him to stay down," Cochran continued. "One guy covered him up with his coat; I got his out of his (vehicle) and covered him."
She agreed with Scorey that EMS' arrival was prompt, but didn't seem like it at the time. "I would say probably five minutes, but it seemed longer then," said the daughter of Deb Cochran and Jeff Cochran of Decatur.
While Ethan was told the four people no doubt saved the man's life — the rescuers still don't know the person's name or his whereabouts — Kirsten also got some other information: "I guess he was drunk. They said at the hosptial that he tested .35, and that very well might have saved his life."
The young woman, a 2012 Bellmont grad, agreed that it was a bit odd that of the four people involved, two were from Decatur helping an accident victim in Fort Wayne.
Cochran said she knew Scorey. "Yeh, I knew him; we'd hung out before with some friends. (At the scene), I said, 'Are you Ethan?' and he said, 'And you're Kirsten?' "
Kirsten and Ethan were among seven recipients recently honored with a Citizens Meretorious Award from the City of Fort Wayne during a special ceremony. The other two men who helped left the scene when EMS arrived and no one knows their names.
"It was pretty cool," Scorey said of the ceremony.
Kirsten agreed and added that "it was neat to hear the other peoples' stores."