GENESEO – A quick response by Geneseo Police Officer Phillip Bauers brought a victim overdosing from heroin back from the brink of death Friday night in the Village.
According to a press release from Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian, on Friday, Jan. 9, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Geneseo Police responded to a 911 CPR call on Oneida Avenue in the Village of Geneseo, and police learned that the victim may have overdosed on heroin.
Officers arrived on scene and found the victim, a 20-year-old female from Leicester, unconscious and not breathing in the back seat of a vehicle. After evaluating the victim, Officer Bauers administered a dose of Naloxone (NARCAN). After the treatment of Naloxone, the victim started breathing again, though she remained unconscious. Geneseo Ambulance arrived on scene, along with Livingston County Advanced Life Support (ALS), and took the victim to NOYES Memorial Hospital for further treatment.
This rescue came only four days after Geneseo Police were trained to use Naloxone, an antidote medication used to counter the effects of an opioid overdose, such as heroin and fentanyl. The Geneseo Police Department received training on Naloxone on Jan. 5, from Jeff Wilcox, Police Chief for the Nunda Police Department.
“We had plans to get training for Naloxone in early January,” added Chief Osganian. “We hoped we wouldn’t have to use it so soon after, but the drugs are everywhere. We had another overdose victim on Meadow Drive around Christmas time, December 20, who fortunately came around before the ambulance arrived and took her to Strong. She was a big part of the movement to get training.”
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