A department 1st: Kenosha County Sheriff's deputy saves man from possible overdose using Narcan

Kenosha County Sheriff's Department

KENOSHA -- A Kenosha County Sheriff's deputy saved a man from a possible drug overdose early Friday morning, June 15. He used a powerful tool the department only recently started using.

"It's a lifesaving tool," said Captain Robert Hallisy, Kenosha County Sheriff's Department.

For the first time, Narcan was put into use.

"He was non-responsive, he was blue, he had real bad labored breath," said Hallisy.

First responders were called to a Town of Somers home, where a 39-year-old man had overdosed on heroin. A sheriff's deputy immediately stepped up to help.

Robert Hallisy

"The deputy, based on his training and our equipment, was able to revive him with a shot of Narcan," said Hallisy.

The 39-year-old man regained consciousness and was rushed to the hospital.

"Having it, saving a life, is what every cop dreams of," said Hallisy.

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department only recently started equipping deputies with Narcan, but it's already making a difference.

"It's issued to all of our squad cars, all of our patrol deputies have this when they go on patrol," Hallisy said.

Kenosha County Sheriff's Department

A continued effort to help combat the opioid crisis in a simple way.

"Being able to do that, it was terrific," said Hallisy.

That 39-year-old man was arrested and faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and bail jumping.

In response to the rising opioid crisis, the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department joined with the Kenosha County Health Department and Infinity HealthCare Physicians, S.C. to train Deputies in the administration of Naloxone. This incident marked the first time a Kenosha County Sheriff's deputy used Naloxone.