The family of a man pulled out of a retention pond is thanking the Good Samaritans who saved his life.
Ronald Perry, 55, of Anderson, was driving on 126th Street and Olio Road when his car veered off four lanes, through a fence and into the icy water Tuesday morning. Family members said the crash may have been caused by a heart condition. Perry is in critical condition in a medically-induced coma at IU Saxony Hospital in Fishers.
“I don’t even know what we’re expressing right now expresses how thankful we are,” said Janet Perry, Ronald’s sister-in-law.
It started off as a normal day for Ronald. Perry, who works maintenance at Hamilton Southeastern Schools, was driving from campus to campus when his heart began to ache.
Amber Ross was driving on the opposite lane and saw Perry’s car swerve off the road. The former life-guard and National Guard medic immediately dove in while another woman called 911.
Two construction workers rushed in with a hammer to smash the passenger window open. Amber performed CPR after they carried him 15 feet onto the bank.
“The first thing I thought was, ‘It’s cold today. If somebody is in that water, they need help,’” said Ross. “The fact that I had been running late today was probably the biggest miracle of all. It just put the right people at the right place at the right time.”
Ronald’s family is praying he will pull through this. In the meantime, they can’t thank the four people who came to his rescue enough.
“It was a God send. It was a miracle,” said Brenda Hull, Ronald’s sister. “We just got to have faith, trust and believe.”