Ohio State Troopers honored and re-unite with the victim they saved who suffered cardiac arrest after son's crash.

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Feb. 22, 2024

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is recognizing two active-duty state troopers and one retired state trooper for their lifesaving efforts at the scene of a crash in December.

Around 2:40 p.m. on Dec. 8, Walter Neff's son, Zack Neff, was involved in a serious two-vehicle accident.

Walter Neff, 61, who lives near Navarre, got word of the crash and hurried to the scene.

Trooper William Kanters and Sgt. Johnnie Maier were at the scene of a crash in which Zachary Neff, Walter Neff’s son, was hit while riding a four-wheeler on Stone Road in Sugar Creek.

A short time later, it was Walter’s life that hung in the balance. Walter Neff was talking to troopers when he collapsed on the road and went into cardiac arrest.

Troopers stated, “At first we thought maybe he just tripped but it soon became evident that something more serious was happening,” said Maier.

“Sgt. Maier pointed out that he didn’t feel a pulse and that the back of his head was turning purple,” said Kanters.

Also at the scene, but driving a tow truck at the time, was retired Trooper Matt Mosor.

Mosor, who is also a firefighter paramedic, used his fire department radio to call for an ambulance. Mosor then immediately began chest compression on Neff and directed Kanters to get the AED device from his patrol car.

The three continued their lifesaving efforts until paramedics arrived on the scene.

As Neff was handed off to the paramedics, there was confirmation that Neff had a pulse.

On Thursday, Feb. 22, the three troopers were presented the Highway Patrol’s Certificate of Recognition for their successful lifesaving efforts, with Neff there to witness it.

“I’m here because of the result of their actions, their knowledge and commitment to do what they do and here I am. I thank them from the bottom of my heart, praise and thank God for everybody involved,” he added.

click the link below to view the footage from the body camera worn by the Ohio State Highway Patrol