Two Lives Saved in Two Days by Royal Oak First Responders (video)
(City of Royal Oak press release, Aug. 28, 2015)
The actions of Royal Oak police officers and firefighters can be credited with saving the lives of two men within two days.
On August 22, 2015 at 1:45 a.m., Royal Oak officers were dispatched to an unknown medical emergency in the 600 block of Ninth Street and found a 25-year-old man not breathing and without a pulse. Officers immediately began CPR and continued life saving measures until Royal Oak firefighters arrived on the scene. Royal Oak firefighters quickly administered Narcan, a medication used to counter the effects of opioids, which immediately revived the patient.
The next day, on August 23 at 9:51 a.m., a 54-year-old Madison Heights resident was stopped for erratic driving in the area of 11 Mile and Main Street. After suffering from an unknown medical emergency, the man lost consciousness and was unable to breathe. Officers quickly removed the man from the back seat of the patrol vehicle and began life saving measures by administering CPR and utilizing an automated external defibrillator. Officers continued performing life saving measures until the Royal Oak Fire Department arrived. Firefighters took over the scene and transported the driver to the hospital where he remains in stable condition
“The teamwork and professionalism of the police officers and firefighters should be
commended. Royal Oak has invested in ensuring lifesaving measures are available in the field where they are most needed,” said Chief Corrigan O’Donohue. “In both cases those resources, combined with the skills of the first responders, resulted in lives being saved.”
The August 23 incident was captured on the officer’s in-car video camera. To view the video click here.