GREENPORT—Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett recently found himself in the right place at the right time to help save a life, according to a press release.
The sheriff had just left the County Public Safety Building on Industrial Tract to attend a meeting in Hudson on the afternoon of July 23, when he heard a radio broadcast from County 911 alerting units to a possible heroin overdose just a block away from his location.
Sheriff Bartlett immediately responded to the scene, arriving within two minutes of the dispatch.
Inside the residence, he found an adult female unresponsive and barely breathing. Based on the information provided by County 911 dispatchers and bystanders, the woman was suffering from an overdose on heroin.
Sheriff Bartlett administered Narcan, a medication that is used to reverse the effects of opioid depression, by spraying the medication up the patient’s nose.
An EMS crew from Greenport Rescue Squad arrived immediately behind Sheriff Bartlett and took over care, transporting the patient to Columbia Memorial Hospital where she was reportedly treated and released.
“This is just one of those times where you find yourself in the right place, at the right time, with the right training and the right equipment to help save a life. I’m grateful to PJ Keeler and Dr. Dailey for helping to get this program off the ground, to the 911 dispatchers for doing their part recognizing that this was an overdose and to Greenport Rescue for being there so quickly to take over care of the patient,” Sheriff Bartlett said in a press release.
The Columbia County Sheriffs Office’s Narcan Response Program went online in May 2014 and has been credited with saving the lives of several county residents.
Cops in county crack down on impaired drivers
GREENPORT—Columbia County STOP-DWI and Sheriff David Bartlett announced that Columbia County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving now through September 7.
While many spend the Labor Day holiday celebrating with loved ones, law enforcement throughout the county will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, along with Hudson and Greenport Police will join State Police in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives.
The STOP-DWI Labor Day Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association with additional funding from the STOP-DWI Foundation and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.