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One man is lucky to be alive thanks to the actions of two Park Forest police officers. Police on Jan. 16 were called to the scene of a man found slumped over the steering wheel of his truck. The vehicle was locked and in drive, a needle spotted sticking out of the man’s arm. Officers JP Garrity and Christopher Batzel sprung into action, forcing entry to the truck to reach the driver unconscious from a suspected opioid overdose. Once inside the vehicle, officers resuscitated the man using Naloxone, an anti-opioid medicine more commonly known as Narcan. All Park Forest police carry the medication. A dash-cam captured the save. “Opioid use is having a profound effect across our country,” Park Forest police wrote on social media. “If you or someone you know is abusing opioids, we strongly encourage you to seek treatment. This man was lucky to have Officers Garrity and Batzel respond as they did.”
A note from police: The face of the man has been blurred to protect his privacy. Paramedics had already been requested in earlier portions of the video not shown, and arrived on scene at the end of this clip, continuing treatment and ultimately transporting the man to the hospital for emergency care. The countdown that can be heard just prior to the man’s resuscitation is part of the electronic voice instructions of the medicine delivery system.
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