Two Oakland Police Officers Use Narcan to Save Overdose Victim Inside Station

Two Oakland police officers saved the life of a man who had an overdose inside the station.

Two Oakland police officers jumped into action to save the life of a man who had an overdose inside the station recently.
Two Oakland police officers jumped into action to save the life of a man who had an overdose inside the station recently.
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OAKLAND, California -- Two Oakland police officers jumped into action to save the life of a man who had an overdose inside the station recently.

Officer Jose Vega, who was 1-hour into his shift, said that a local resident and his brother came in and told the officer that he thought his brother was dead, according to KGO-TV.

Vega called for backup and ran out of the station where he began CPR on the unconscious 18-year-old. During a press conference, Vega described the man's condition.

"The body was very cold, there was no pulse and he wasn't breathing," he said of the young man whose brother said he had overdosed on cocaine and heroin.

Officer Mattson soon arrived to the station, ran to the back of his patrol car, and grabbed his medical bag. Inside he had two units of Narcan that officers had just been trained on by the police department's medical staff.

Oakland Police officials said that officers have saved five lives in the last 45 days thanks to the Narcan training. Now every field officer carries Narcan while on patrol.

Highland Hospital donated 800 units of the drug to the Oakland Police Department.

"It's not too often that we can honor officers who save lives and it does happen quite often," Lt. Bryan Hubbard said during the news conference.O

The two officers will be recommended to receive the Medal of Valor, but both men said that seeing the victim survive is their biggest reward.

"I looked at his brother and his brother smiled at me," Vega said. "The first words he said was 'thank you,' thank you over and over again," said Officer Vega.

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