Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles gathered information and issued statements on a standoff and active shooter situation in Jefferson County Saturday that left one of his fellow officers wounded. Wheeles worked with his right hand and arm bandaged from injuries sustained in his own run-in with danger a day earlier. Wheeles had used a hammer to free a woman trapped in a car submerged in a pond (next photo) after going off the roadway. (Madison Courier staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles gathered information and issued statements on a standoff and active shooter situation in Jefferson County Saturday that left one of his fellow officers wounded. Wheeles worked with his right hand and arm bandaged from injuries sustained in his own run-in with danger a day earlier. Wheeles had used a hammer to free a woman trapped in a car submerged in a pond (next photo) after going off the roadway. (Madison Courier staff photo by Mark Campbell)
As Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles gathered information and issued statements on a standoff and active shooter situation in Jefferson County Saturday that left one of his fellow officers wounded, he did so with a right hand and arm bandaged from injuries sustained in his own run-in with danger a day earlier near Seymour.

Wheeles, the public information officer for the Versailles Post, was assisting another trooper at about 3 p.m. Friday with a reconstruction investigation of an accident that took place on Wednesday, when he heard a radio call related to an accident with possible injuries on SR 11 north of Seymour and started toward the accident scene.

The dispatch stated that a vehicle was in water and that a woman was trapped inside and that’s just what Wheeles found when he pulled up just minutes later.

The accident was at S.R. 11 near County Road 800 East in Jackson County. Wheeles found a car partly submerged in water and sinking with a woman trapped inside.

Wheeles immediately went into the water to try to rescue the driver, Megan Elizabeth Ora Fleetwood, 23, of Jeffersonville, who was trapped inside. Once at the car, Wheeles was given a hammer by retired Seymour Fire Department Lt. Troy Nichalson and used the hammer to knock out the back window of the car and pull Fleetwood out of the vehicle.

During the rescue, Wheeles suffered injuries to his right hand and arm. Both Wheeles and Fleetwood were taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for treatment. Indiana State Police was assisted at the scene by Seymour Police and Fire Departments and EMS.

It wasn’t until Wheeles and Fleetwood had both been treated at the hospital that the two realized they already knew each other.

“Ms. Fleetwood and I actually knew each other prior to this incident,” Wheeles said on his Twitter account Friday. “I did not recognize her at the scene and did not find out it was her until we were both at the hospital. I am thrilled she will be OK!!”

Wheeles’ Facebook page and Twitter feed have been flooded with kind remarks thanking him for his service and wishing him a speedy recovery.

“For those who have asked, I am fine. Just some minor scrapes and soreness,” Wheeles said on Facebook. “I’m just glad things worked out the way they did. Thanks for the messages I have received.”