VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – The Vienna Township Board of Trustees awarded one of its police officers with a high honor Tuesday for saving a man’s life.
Police Sergeant Michael Sheehy was the first on the scene, ahead of EMS, one night several weeks ago. Inside a home, he found a 23-year-old man who had overdosed.
“He wasn’t breathing, his heart rate was really rapid, his lips were turning, they were bright blue,” Sheehy said.
Sheehy gave the man the opioid-reversal drug Narcan.
“He brought the man back briefly. Brought him back, started breathing, then he started to go out again,” Chief Bob Ludt said. “There’s a two-dose kit, so Sergeant Sheehy got the second kit, hit him again and got him breathing on his own.”
Sheehy found out later that the man was trying to commit suicide.
“Luckily, Sergeant Sheehy saved his life and we were able to get him to North Side Hospital,” Ludt said. “He is now under treatment and getting psychological evaluation, and hopefully he turns out okay.”
Ludt says they were able to have Narcan training thanks to a grant from the Trumbull County Mental Health Association. He credits Sheehy’s quick action training for this life-saving act.
“It’s actually quite simple, however, it is quick thinking. You have to know to be able to do it and do it quickly. Time is of the essence there.”
At the quiet ceremony Tuesday evening, Sheehy didn’t have much to say. Just that he was doing his job.