Argentine Township Police Chief Daniel Allen plans to present life saving awards at an upcoming township meeting to multiple officers for two incidents.
The first incident happened May 5 at an apartment complex. Two officers, Steven Carlson and Paul Honkanen, were called to the building at approximately 8:30 p.m. and arrived on scene to a verbal argument between a male and female. Allen said it took place on the second floor, and the two residents had been drinking.
Honkanen spoke with the male and Carlson spoke with the female, who was seated in a chair near the sliding glass door that led to the balcony.
“The female became agitated and jumped up and ran, and attempted to dive off the second floor balcony,” Allen said. “Carlson was able to stop her from going over by grabbing her ankles.”
The two officers were able to pull her back over the railing. Allen said she probably wouldn’t have made it if she’d fallen head first.
The second incident took place June 7 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Officer Angelo Panos responded to a call of a man lying down in a driveway in the 1500 block of Locust Grove. Panos arrived, saw the man and attempted to revive him. It appeared he was in respiratory distress and his face was a blue-reddish color.
Panos administered one dose of Narcan, but did not get a reaction. He administered a second dose. The man vomited and Panos turned him on his side to make sure his airway was clear. He was transported to Genesys where he recovered.
“That’s an absolute save,” Allen said.
The Argentine Township Police Department was trained with Narcan this past September. All officers carry Narcan in case of an opioid overdose.
Allen said he hopes to present the life saving awards to the officers at the July Argentine Township Board meeting.