A Pacific policeman was awarded the Police Officer Lifesaving Award Oct. 20 for his efforts in saving the life of a man who was unresponsive following a drug overdose.
On Sept. 22, Officer Bradley Geers was dispatched to the parking lot of the Pacific Police Department for an ambulance assist. He found a 29-year-old man in the rear seat of a friend’s vehicle who was unresponsive due to a drug overdose.
Geers removed the man from the rear seat and placed him on the ground. He discovered that the man had no heartbeat and was not breathing.
Geers then began CPR and administered his department-issued Narcan. He continued CPR until the arrival of Sgt. Andrew Whitman who assisted him.
After several minutes, and prior to the arrival of the ambulance, the officers were able to get the man’s heart started and then he started breathing on his own.
“Because of his efforts, the subject was totally revived and later fully recovered from this incident,” Police Chief Matt Mansell said. “Officer Geers’ actions saved the life of this man and because of his action he is awarded the Police Officer Lifesaving Medal.”
Narcan is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in an overdose.