Marion police officers save life with quick action

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During its most recent meeting, the Marion City Council recognized two police officers who saved a woman’s life. Pictured (from left) are Marion Police Chief Allen Lawrence, Officer Brandi Davis and Officer Cole Finley.

During its most recent meeting, the Marion City Council recognized two police officers who saved a woman’s life.

On the evening of March 30, Officers Brandi Davis and Cole Finley responded to a call about a drug overdose in the East Marion community. Arriving, Finley found the young woman lying on the floor, unresponsive and not breathing. He immediately began to administer CPR while trying to speak with the family about what had taken place.

Davis arrived a short time later and assisted Finley. Davis realized that this woman needed more than CPR and he immediately administered the first initial doses of Narcan through a nasal spray that all of the Marion officers carry.

Narcan, or Naloxone, is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse

After a short period, another dose was given and signs of improvement were evident in the young woman.

By the time EMS arrived, her breathing was normal and she was alert and talking.

At the council meeting, Chief Allen Lawrence presented them with challenge coins and commended them for their actions.

“Without hesitation, Officers Finley and Davis reverted back to their training and took control of this situation,” said Lawrence to city officials. “Their quick action and training changed the outcome of this incident. It is for that reason tonight I am grateful to both of them and would like to recognize them before City Council tonight.”

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