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Officers save life of overdose victim
Victim took pill believed to be laced with fentanyl

Officers with the Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) are believed to have helped keep an overdose victim alive until emergency medical personnel could take over in the resuscitation of the victim.

The incident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, April 23. PVPD officers were dispatched to a report of an overdose in the 3200 block of Tani Road, Prescott Valley. The information received by 911 dispatch indicated that the overdose was fentanyl related.

When an officer reached the scene, he found a Hispanic man on the floor, according to a PVPD news release this week. He was not breathing and had a very slow pulse. As other officers arrived to assist, an officer prepared to administer Narcan, an emergency treatment used for known or suspected opioid overdoses.

After spraying the Narcan into the man’s nose, the man took one deep breath and then stopped breathing again – this time with no heartbeat. The officer immediately performed 60 chest compressions and the man took another deep breath. The officer assessed the man and discovered he had a very fast heartbeat and was taking shallow breaths. Another dose of Narcan was administered into the man’s nose, police reported. The man again stopped breathing and there was no pulse in his neck or wrist.

At this point, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority personnel had arrived and immediately began chest compressions, the news release states. They also administered Narcan intravenously. The man’s pulse returned and he began breathing on his own. He was immediately transported to the Yavapai Regional Medical Center East Campus.

When an officer spoke to the man at the hospital, he was awake and alert, and admitted to taking a pill that he believed was laced with fentanyl, police reported. The man asked the officer to thank the fire personnel and all of the people who were involved in the response. PVPD personnel involved were Sgt. Rob Brown, Lead Police Officer Brian Sheldon, and officers Mathew Wilson, Chad Huber and Layton Cooper.

Officers with PVPD are trained and equipped to intervene in situations such as this while awaiting the arrival of the emergency medical personnel, said Jerry Ferguson, PVPD public information officer.

“Without their rapid response, this would probably have been a fatal incident,” Ferguson said.

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