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Herring, others commend Culpeper officers in efforts to revive those with opioid overdoses

March 29, 2018 | Virginia News

News Image By Allison Brophy Champion
The Culpeper Star-Exponent

A child met a duo of police officers at the door on Jan. 1, 2017 following an emergency call for a male who had overdosed in a home on Belle Avenue in the town of Culpeper.

Culpeper Police officers Alfred Cooper and Kaitlin Keat worked together to revive the man, a cancer patient in remission who had accidentally consumed too many prescription opioids. It took two doses of Narcan to bring the man back to life, but the officers were successful in their efforts.

Nineteen other times in 2017, members of the Culpeper Police Department saved lives through quick thinking, calm resolve and professionalism. In many cases, the scenes they were encountered were chaotic and volatile with hysterical spouses and loved ones.

Their tools, in 19 of the 20 cases, involved Narcan to revive overdose victims, but they also used CPR, automated defibrillators and oxygen. In one instance, officers used a tourniquet to stop the bleeding of a man who slit his wrists.

For their bravery and resolve, the police officers were honored at a special ceremony Wednesday night at Culpeper Baptist Church attended by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, friends, family and members of the wider community.

“To overcome the devastation that continues to cause deaths right here in Culpeper, everyone needs to be involved,” said Police Chief Chris Jenkins.

Watching the lifesaving measures on video from the officer’s body cameras, the chief said he was proud to see his personnel perform without hesitation while keeping a cool demeanor.

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