Jasper post master trooper recognized for serviceFebruary 8, 2018
By BILL POWELL
JASPER — A master trooper at the Indiana State Police Post at Jasper was recognized for 30 years of service when members of the 45th Indiana State Police Recruit School were recently lauded by Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter.
Master Trooper Randy Neighbors is the local state police member who graduated recruit school on Dec. 19, 1987.
The Jasper post covers seven counties: Dubois, Spencer, Crawford, Daviess, Martin, Orange and Perry.
Neighbors reported to the Jasper Post where he was assigned to Crawford County for two years before transferring to Spencer County. With the exception of an eight-and-a-half-year stint when he was assigned to riverboat casinos, Neighbors has spent the majority of his career patrolling Spencer County.
One of the highlights of Neighbors’ career occurred on March 23, 2011, when he helped save the life of a 19-month-old child at his Patronville home in southern Spencer County.
Neighbors was off duty, exercising at home when he heard a knock on his front door at 8:30 a.m. CDT. One of his neighbors was on his doorstep holding her 19-month-old son who was choking. Neighbors took the child, performed back blows and dislodged a piece of toast from the child’s throat.
The child continued to have difficulty breathing and swallowing. Neighbors called 911 and instructed the child’s mother to keep the toddler’s mouth clear.
An ambulance took the child to Owensboro Medical Center where doctors were able to remove a small plastic cap — much like those that cover pump spray bottles — that had lodged in the boy’s throat. The child was then transported to Norton Children’s Hospital (then Kosair's) in Louisville and was released later from the hospital in good health
On Wednesday in Jasper, Post Commander Lt. Jason Allen presented Neighbors with a framed certificate signed by Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter.
“It takes a special type of person to put the uniform on and proudly serve the citizens for 30 years,” Allen said. “For that Randy is deserving of praise and respect for his devotion and service to the Indiana State Police for a period of time in excess of 30 years.”
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