Narcan aids in saving woman

Seymour police used Narcan on Saturday to revive a woman found not breathing and slumped over the steering wheel of her vehicle on the city’s east side.

The incident is at least the second time in the past year Seymour police have been able to revive someone found not breathing because of a possible overdose.

The first officers to respond to the scene Saturday in a parking lot in the 1500 block of East Tipton Street reported they had to force their way into the locked vehicle after determining the woman was not breathing, according to a news release.

Because officers believed the woman had overdosed on an opiate, such as heroin, they made the decision to administer a dose of Narcan to her, police said.

The woman started breathing on her own after Cpl. Adam Surface administered the dose. She was then transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour by Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel for additional treatment.

Others responding to the incident, reported at 10:40 p.m. Saturday, were officers Jacob Florine, Derrick Shelley and Jeremy Soliday.

Seymour officers have administered Narcan at least two other times.

On Halloween night this past year, a Seymour police officer responded to a call about an unresponsive 21-year-old. Administering Narcan saved the man’s life.

In early July, a 20-year-old man was found not breathing in a vehicle outside his apartment in Seymour. Police arrived and administered a dose of Narcan with no success.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Carothers said none of his officers has had to administer Narcan.

“The difference is we’re out in the county where there’s less people and the distance is greater,” Carothers said. “Seymour officers can usually get there much quicker than we can.”