Through the help of John Badgley and EASI, in June 2019 every fulltime White Hall Police Department officer got a Naloxone kit and training on how to use it, Chief Greg Shapiro said in a press release.
On Sunday, Nov. 24, Officer Harley Herron was dispatched to residence in White Hall in reference to a man gasping for air that could not be woken.
Officer Herron and part time Officer Devon Ramey arrived within minutes. Once the officers got inside the home, they saw the father performing CPR on his unresponsive 31 year old son. Officer Herron assessed the situation determining that the “patient” had a heartbeat. Officer. Herron re-positioned the “patient” to clear his airway. Officer Herron quickly assembled the Naloxone kit and administered it to the “patient.” The “patient” still did not respond to Officer Herron’s attempts to waken him from his unconscious state but his breathing improved. EASI first responders arrived a few minutes later, applied an air bag and administered additional Naloxone intravenously. The “patient” regained consciousness. The ambulance arrived a few minutes later and the “patient” was transported via ambulance to JRMC.
On Tuesday, Nov. 26, Chief Shapiro was contacted by Arkansas State Police Drug Director Kirk Lane. Director Lane told Shapiro that Officer Herron’s save was the 347th save by a law enforcement officer deploying Naloxone/Narcan in the State of AR since October 2016.
Officer Herron’s prompt response to the scene, prompt medical evaluation under stressful conditions and immediate decision in being the first WHPD officer ever to deploy Naloxone for an opioid overdose, contributed to saving a 31-year-old man’s life, Shapiro said.
Officer Harley Herron was awarded a Life Saving Award from the WHPD and a proclamation from the White Hall City Council on Monday, Dec. 16.