Good Samaritans honored as heroes for Fishers water rescue

Ronald Perry talks with two of the women who saved his life last fall.
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A group of heroes were honored Tuesday in Fishers for their life-saving acts as Good Samaritans.

You could say it was meant to be: all of the right people at the right place at the right time. And it only took a split second to make a decision of a lifetime.

"I've been looking forward to this moment. You just don't know," said Ronald Perry. "It's God. It looks like he just said, 'Bing, bing, bing, bing. I need this person here, I need that person there."

He waited over two months to say "thank you" to those who saved his life last November.

"I didn't even see it coming," he said.

Perry was driving west on 126th Street when his vehicle veered across the eastbound lanes, drove over a curb and through a fence.

"Every single second is just forever engrained in my memory," Perry said.

Amber Ross saw Perry's car crash into a near-frozen pond near Hawks Landing Drive. She, along with two men nearby jumped in. Perry was unconscious and slumped over the steering wheel.

After finding the doors locked, Ross asked the other rescuers if they had a hammer, which she used to break the rear driver side window.

The former high school lifeguard pulled Perry onto the bank. Then her training as a military paramedic kicked in and she performed CPR.

"It was the teamwork that laid the foundation of putting someone's life back on this planet, which just blows me away," said Ross.

Melissa Philhower called 911 to get paramedics on the scene.

"By the way the paramedics put it, I'm not supposed to be here standing now, for the way they said it, I didn't have a pulse or a heartbeat," Perry said.

For their acts of heartfelt bravery, the Fishers Town Council honored them as heroes.

"I don't consider myself a hero, because I like to think the way my parents raised me is the way everybody else's parent raised them," Ross said.

Perry says he's been given a second chance at life and was able to thank his heroes for the first time.

"I've dreamed about it. I think about it and then when I see you, what am I gonna say to you, but I love you," he said.

Perry suffered cardiac arrest right before driving into the pond. He has a few more months of rehabilitation, but doctors expect him to make a full recovery.