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2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Calm under pressure: Marine saves local man’s life

By Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | October 28, 2013

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Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips (left) speaks with a first responder who aided Sgt. Ty M. Baker Jr. (right) save a local man’s life at a high school football game during an award ceremony for the first responders in Jacksonville, N.C., Oct. 25, 2013. Baker and the two people who helped save Wayne Allen’s life were awarded certificates of accommodation from the city of Jacksonville and Onslow County, as well as a plaque from the Jacksonville Senior High School Booster Club during a football game. Baker is an auto maintenance technician with 2nd Maintenance Bn., Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C.. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips (left) speaks with a first responder who aided Sgt. Ty M. Baker Jr. (right) save a local man’s life at a high school football game during an award ceremony for the first responders in Jacksonville, N.C., Oct. 25, 2013. Baker and the two people who helped save Wayne Allen’s life were awarded certificates of accommodation from the city of Jacksonville and Onslow County, as well as a plaque from the Jacksonville Senior High School Booster Club during a football game. Baker is an auto maintenance technician with 2nd Maintenance Bn., Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C.. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


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Wayne Allen, a local man, gives the crowd a thumbs up during a an award ceremony for his life savers at a football game in Jacksonville, N.C., Oct. 25, 2013. Allen recently suffered a heart attack and was saved by Baker (right), an auto maintenance technician with 2nd Maintenance Bn., Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, stationed aboard Camp Lejeune.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

Wayne Allen, a local man, gives the crowd a thumbs up during a an award ceremony for his life savers at a football game in Jacksonville, N.C., Oct. 25, 2013. Allen recently suffered a heart attack and was saved by Baker (right), an auto maintenance technician with 2nd Maintenance Bn., Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, stationed aboard Camp Lejeune. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. --

It was just like any football game, the crowd was cheering for the home team, but then a man collapsed. While most of the bystanders were panicking and running around, one man kept his cool, Sgt. Ty M. Baker Jr.

          Baker is an auto maintenance technician with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, was with his family at a local high school football game in Jacksonville, N.C., Sept. 27, when his son asked if they could go to the opposite bleachers.

Upon reaching the bleachers, people were panicking after a man collapsed. Baker rushed to the man’s aide, moving him to a flat surface and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The next day the man underwent a triple bypass surgery on his heart.

          “To know that man is alive and will be able to continue to spend time with his children and grandchildren is the best feeling,” said Baker.

          Wayne Allen, the man who was saved, is a local who is well known and liked by many and said that there was an instant bond between Baker and himself because Baker saved his life.

          “He made it possible for me to be here tonight and for the rest of my life,” said Allen.

          Baker was awarded certificates of commendation from the mayor of Jacksonville, a plaque from the Jacksonville Senior High School booster club and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

          “I was extremely proud of Sgt. Baker’s actions,” said 1st Lt. Joseph Strumolo, the company commander of General Support Maintenance Co., 2nd Maintenance Bn., 2nd MLG. “If it had not been for his quick response and dedication in continuing CPR Mr. Allen would have died.”
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