SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — Two Heights police officers saved a 34-year-old man who had overdosed on heroin by using the drug Naloxone on Monday. The drug, also known as Narcan, has an opiate blocking effect. That, and quick action by the two police officers on July 24, is the reason the man is still alive, according to Zachary Ramp, president of the Spring Lake Heights Police Association. “If not for the their very timely response — because timeliness is very important in these overdoses — this young person and his family would have a much different evening than the one they are having,” Ptl. Ramp said at the borough council meeting on Monday, July 24. Patrolman Casey Willms is the officer who administered the Narcan drug. It is the first lifesaving application of Narcan, which the department obtained a year ago and began providing training in its use.   At 12:12 p.m. on July 24, patrolmen Willms and Robert Shafer were dispatched to the 700 block of Wall Road for a reported drug overdose. According to police, Patrolman Willms arrived at the scene and found the victim in respiratory arrest, taking four breaths per minute. During the assessment, he discovered signs consistent with a heroin overdose. Shortly after Patrolman  Willms proceeded to administer Narcan, the victim began normal breathing. He  was then transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center by members of  the Spring Lake First Aid and Emergency Squad and the Monmouth Ocean Hospital Service Corporation [MONOC].

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Connor Northrup

Connor Northrup is a Sports Reporter at The Ocean Star. He can be reached at cnorthrup@thecoaststar.com or at 732-899-7606, ext 15.