A Gainesville Police officer administered the opiate antidote NARCAN Thursday night to an unconscious man, preventing an accidental overdose, police said.
Officers responded around 8 p.m. Thursday to a house on Norton Drive in Gainesville, where a caller said he found “his roommate unconscious and not breathing,” Sgt. Kevin Holbrook wrote in a news release.
“One officer began chest compressions while another hooked the victim to an (automated external defibrillator),” Holbrook wrote. “While those officers were working those tasks, another officer administered the lifesaving drug NARCAN to the victim.”
Gainesville Fire officials and Hall County EMS responded to the scene and transported the man to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
“The victim regained circulation and breathing,” Holbrook wrote, while on the way to the hospital.
“We give thanks to these officers and their fast thinking actions for ultimately saving the life of another. There are many unsung heroes within our public safety community that go above and beyond the call of duty each and every day. This is just another example of how and why we are proud to serve”, Chief Carol Martin said in a statement.