ROYERSFORD PA – Five members of the Royersford Police Department have saved the lives of six area residents from opioid drug overdoses between Jan. 16 and Sept. 25 of this year, the department proudly noted Wednesday (Nov. 1, 2017) on its Facebook page.
It published a timeline post that paid tribute to police Corp. Scot Fennelly, and Ofcs. Joseph Oberholtzer, Zachary Zechman, Thomas Godin, and John O’Keefe for their efforts in administering the counteractive medication naloxone and helping the six survive overdoses.
The department deployed naloxone, supplied in kit form by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office (at top), in October 2016, it said. Training to administer the drug was provided by members of Friendship Ambulance.
During the most recent overdose, on Sept. 25, the department reported “O’Keefe noticed an individual walking down Main Street while on patrol. The male seemed to be intoxicated. After (the officer) made contact with the male, he became unresponsive … O’Keefe summoned (emergency medical services) and administered the naloxone, and the male survived. He was found in possession of several bags which tested positive for (the drug) fentanyl,” it stated.
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