Friday, March 20, 2015

Galloway Police Save Unresponsive Resident by Using Narcan

On March 19 at 7:31 PM Officer Chris Magazzu and Officer Jackie Crocker had just completed Narcan training when they were dispatched to an address on 1st Avenue for an unconscious person.  

The officers arrived on scene and found the patient to be unconscious and not breathing.  The officers administered Narcan and provided rescue breathing until Galloway Township Ambulance Squad and Atlanticare Paramedics arrived.  

The patient was revived and transported to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus.

The Police Department has responded with EMS to multiple suspected heroin overdoses over the past week, several of which have been fatal.  Officers often arrive at medical emergencies prior to EMS, and with the ability to administer Narcan it is hoped that more lives will be saved in the future.

Over the past week, Chief Chuck Uhl of the Galloway Township Ambulance Squad has trained and equipped nearly all of the officers of the Galloway Township Police Department with Narcan.  Narcan is used for treating opiate overdoses.

Lt. Joseph J. Picardi said, "the Police Department would like to recognize Chief Uhl and the staff and Board of Directors of the Galloway Township Ambulance Squad for their continuing support of our agency."  

"We are very fortunate to have an outstanding working relationship with GTAS which ultimately benefits the residents and visitors of our community" said Lt. Joseph J. Picardi.


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