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
“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
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.”