CPD Officers Credit Narcon Training With Saving Overdosing Man

Nancy Harty
January 26, 2020 - 5:39 pm
Officers Save Man From Overdosing

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Two Chicago police officers credit their new Narcan training with helping them save the life of a man overdosing. 

Officers Rico Rodriguez and Adan Gonzalez didn't learn about the heroin overdose antidote in the police academy, but they did receive Narcan training at the 12th district station about eight months ago. 

When they were flagged down Thursday night for an unconscious man, who was overdosing in the street near Humboldt Park, Rodriguez said they were able to take quick action instead simply waiting for paramedics.

Officer Rodriguez said the man was blue in the face and seemed near death. 

"We checked for a pulse, there was no pulse. There was no breathing...I mean I am not a doctor or anything like that, but I would say he was pretty close," he said.

Officer Gonzalez started performing chest compressions. 

"I was just hoping he comes back to life and starts breathing on his own," Gonzalez said.

Meanwhile, Officer Rodriguez grabbed the Narcan and sprayed it up the man's nose

"We did not have it before the training. We would have to call EMS. They were the ones who carried it, but sometimes it may take time for EMS to arrive," Rodriguez said.

After about three minutes, Rodriguez said the man started breathing again, then talking.

"It really puts a smile on your face when someone is that close and then when they come back and they thank you for helping them," Rodriguez said.

Which is exactly what the man did.

Both men have been police officers for about four years and said this is the first time they've used Narcan to revive someone.