Man given second chance at life thanks to three Oklahoma City police officers

OKLAHOMA CITY - Three Oklahoma City police officers are being recognized for saving a man's life.

When officers go through training, they are trained to recognize symptoms of an overdose.

Every Oklahoma City patrol officer is issued Narcan, a drug used to reverse the effects of a potentially deadly overdose.

On August 20, three Oklahoma City officers used the live-saving drug for the very first time.

On that day, police were called to reports of an overdose near I-235 and N.W. 36th St.

"He was laying in his girlfriend’s arms, he was non responsive, his skin tone was blue, his pupils were dilated to the size of a pen hole, extremely small," said Officer Logan Prather with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Prather and Dustin Fulton started chest compressions.

When Officer Joe Robertson arrived on scene, he made the call to use Narcan.

"You just put it in their nose, shoot it in there, give it a little time and it works," Robertson said. "It's amazing how quick. Within 15 minutes, he was responsive and able to communicate with first responders.”

Local doctors said it is important officers carry the life-saving drug.

"It's important that they have the ability to intervene, because these are time sensitive emergencies," said Dr. Curtis Knoles, MD, FACEP, Assistant Medical Director. "It is a big step forward in helping prevent death.”

Thanks to the help of Narcan, three officers were able to give one young man another chance at life.

"Luckily, with this situation, he's going to be given a second chance and maybe make a difference in his life," Fulton said.

Officers across the state are being trained on how to administer Narcan.

All three officers received a lifesaver award Tuesday from the Oklahoma City Fire Department.